I (Glen) learned on Sunday that Dr. Norman Borlaug had died after a long battle with cancer. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/business/energy-environment/14borlaug.html
Dr. Borlaug, who was widely credited with saving hundreds of millions of people from starvation, upended conventional wisdom among scientists of his era both by the way he created super strains of wheat that have since spread across much of the developing world, and by proving that the world’s harvests can grow faster than the human population. His breeding techniques are now routinely embraced by the world’s biggest seed companies and by some estimates have created billions of dollars of crop value. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.
Growing up as an Iowa farm boy, there were several people that I used as example, including Roswell Garst, Henry Wallace & Norman Borlaug. All were great people, but Dr. Borlaug did it on a huge scale & taught me that perseverance will overcome.
Our world continues to need all the food we can grow, and to use it all efficiently. Dr. Borlaug taught me that production efficiency and environmental quality go hand in hand.
Thank you, Dr. Borlaug.
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