Indian Evergreen Revolution

Published: Wednesday, 07/18/2007 12:00 am EDT

M.S. Swaminathan, who helped India escape from a perpetual state of starvation through a green revolution that it now turns out is unsustainable, wrapped up a 12-day trip to Canada last week with a presentation at the International Research and Development Centre in Ottawa. There he advocated the potential benefits of an "evergreen revolution," in which technology like the Internet will be used to boost productivity with better knowledge and market access, rather than the pesticides and genetically modified crops that marked the ecologically harmful green revolution.

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