Globalizing Wheat: Success and Failure of the Green Revolution by Marci Baranski tells the scientific history of how wheat cameto cover more land than any other food crop on the planet and explores the impact that globalizing trends in wheat breeding have had on local innovation and foodinsecurity. In the 1960s, a small group of scientists and administrators, led chiefly by Norman Borlaug in his time with the Rockefeller Foundation, popularized a controversial new paradigm of wheat research-a paradigm that is still as disputed as it is dominant in leading agricultural research and development institutions around the world. Delivering the first sustained study of Borlaug’s concept of “wide adaptation,” Baranski reveals how Borlaug and his colleagues managed to influence thinking and practices so profoundly worldwide. Drawing on extensive new research, including interviews with scientists in India, Baranski further demonstrates how the legacy of this group’s work stillguides policy and research decisions, often with unintended consequences. In Globalizing Wheat, the author sheds new light on the future of foodsecurity in India and offers an important new critique of the Green Revolution.
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