Scientists Work on New 'Green Revolution'

Solving food crisis will depend on a steady diet of innovation
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
Facing a growing world food crisis, scientists are looking to make another great leap forward in technologies that make both more nutritious food and make production more efficient.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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(Newser) – Food scientists are plotting a new "green revolution" to solve a growing food crisis, LiveScience reports. Facing what a World Food Program official called a “silent tsunami” of world hunger, researchers are working on a sequel to the first "green revolution" of the mid-20th century, whose innovations included the fertilizers, pesticides and better irrigation that helped increase crop yields.

While the second revolution will include such basics as getting more nutrition out of each acre or developing crops better resistant to pests, more radical measures are on the horizon. Although skeptics doubt the development of an all-encompassing superfood pill, "Golden Rice" enhanced by beta-carotene and animal-free meat are inching closer to joining the food pyramid.