Food Security Under Siege: An Approach to Social and Geopolitical Implications of the Second Green Revolution: The Argentinean Case

By Juan José Borrell.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The process called the Green Revolution has been spreading a carbon-fuelled productive dynamic throughout the world since the end of WW II. The lack of modification of that dynamic over decades, plus the current biotechnological change, poses serious challenges that first revolution has not solved. Do genetically modified organisms (GMO) represent a sustainable alternative to a matrix which still relies highly on fossil fuel inputs? Does the depletion of natural resources and loss of biodiversity caused by monoculture go along with agribusiness growth? Would GMO patenting trigger a new kind of competition for resources among international actors? These factors –along with the production of biofuels, population growth and environmental change among others– interacting altogether show a complex scenario for food security, and in general, hard to handle challenges for the agenda of decision makers agenda in the public policy realm. This process has been massively implemented in Argentina, being currently the second major producer of GM crops in the world, with a total area of 22 million hectares. Beyond monolithic points of view that take for granted the sustainability of the food supply system, Argentina’s situation show a significant example that this effective productive matrix should be apprehended more thoroughly. To be capable to cope with future complex scenarios on this matter would be of paramount significance for human security.

Keywords: Food Security, Human Security, Green Revolution, Geopolitics

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.283-294. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 832.031KB).

Prof. Juan José Borrell

Postgraduate Professor and Researcher, Grupo Interdisciplinario en Seguridad Alimentaria, Centro de Estudios Interdisciplinarios, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario, Argentina

He holds a Bachelor Degree in History from Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR), Argentina, and a Master Degree in Strategy and Geopolitics from Escuela Superior de Guerra (War College), Buenos Aires. He currently works at undergraduate level as assistant professor in the Sociological Theory course at Facultad de Humanidades - UNR, and at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) as well. Also is professor Food Security postgraduate Programme at the Interdisciplinary Studies Center (CEI–UNR), participating in an interdisciplinary group that researches the implications of biotechnological change for society. His current doctoral research project includes the geopolitical implications of global competition for natural resources in relation to the food supply system.

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