The Green Revolution
In the early 1950’s, the world was predicted to be on the brink of mass famine due to the impacts of climate change, rapid growth in population and depleting natural resources.
Before the awakening issue turned into reality, American scientist Norman Borlaug pioneered a revolutionary research that transformed agricultural processes worldwide. The solution? Developing new disease resistance high-yield varieties of wheat in combination with various agricultural technologies. His research began in Mexico and led to success and the spread of a global reformed agricultural system.
Today, the same global issues persist and continue to require innovative solutions. The United Nations states that the world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050 – it is essential to preserve our food supply and find innovative ways to eradicate hunger, in order to do this, we will need another green revolution.
The Next Green Revolution Needs
“The first Green Revolution succeeded in improving yields in the breadbasket regions where it was implemented. But it sometimes came at a high social and environmental cost, including the depletion of soils, pollution of groundwater, and increased inequalities among farmers. And the productivity gains were not always sustainable in the long term.” (Olivier De Schutter and Gaëtan Vanloqueren)
Olivier De Schutter and Gaëtan Vanloqueren wrote an extensive article on how to address the 20th century food crisis and places emphasis on the importance of recognizing the relationship between climate change and food security.
“It must not only preserve land and other agricultural resources for future generations; it must actively restore lands and resources that have been degraded… It must also create the enabling macroeconomic environment needed to link sustainable agricultural systems to markets.”
This could be challenging as there are overwhelming factors in the green revolution that negatively contribute to the environment.
Where Should Investments Be Made?
Author Alex Jones wrote an article that notes how the choices investors make, especially in 2020, will become crucial to the survival of our planet. He urges investors to invest in four main areas that could make a difference in the upcoming green revolution:
- Education – Proper education affects a long line of influence, “women educated to university level, on average, later invest more money in their communities than men, and their children usually benefit from a higher level of education” which creates impact in how communities live and consume energy.
- Green Energy – Renewable energy has come a long way, breaking barriers such as cost effectiveness and technological developments to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants are reduced, positively contributing to our planet’s well-being.
- Infrastructure – Infrastructures in energy, transportation, waste management, land use planning and governance not only drive economic growth; they also contribute to the health and development of our planet. Sustainable infrastructure can create various positive impacts to our environment.
- Research and Development – Continuous progress in research and development is valuable in all types of industries and is highly significant in finding innovative solutions and new technologies.
Make Your Investment Count
Help shape the world for the coming generations and invest in areas that make the most positive change for our planet and global economic growth.