NORMAN BORLAUG: AGRICULTURE HERO
Today would be the 101st birthday of a great hero in the agriculture industry, Norman Borlaug. He was an agriculture scientist who's notable achievements include a Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 honoring his lifetime work in feeding a growing world population.
Mr. Borlaug believed it was our duty to create as many food resources as possible for this goal. In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, he stated:
"The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world."
After receiving his doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota in 1942, Norman was sent by the Rockefeller Foundation's Pioneering Technical Assistance program to Mexico, where he was tasked with directing an agricultural research station which would improve wheat yields.
His 16+ years of dedication to this program resulted in a new strain of wheat resistant to many pests and diseases which Mexican farmers used to triple production of the crop.
This new wheat strain has an immense impact on other countries. For instance, Indian and Pakistani farmers began to learn the techniques for growing it from Borlaug and his team. This sparked what became known as a Green Revolution in these countries, saving them from disaster at the hands of drought and famine.
Norman Borlaug's work continued on other continents around the globe. Because of this, he is credited with saving a billion lives that would otherwise have been doomed due to starvation.
We carry on his spirit and life's work by continuing to support those in agriculture who face the unenviable assignment of producing food for a burgeoning world population.