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Sun 22 May 2005

Norman Borlaugh and the high-yield dwarf spring wheat

Category : world

Or why India and Pakistan grow wheat

I confessed last night during a discussion on agriculture and population that it was an episode in West Wing's season 2 that revealed to me Norman Borlaugh, the agronomist whose discoveries of a high-yielding dwarf spring wheat, amongst other things, 'sparked the Green Revolution and saved millions of lives.'

One of America's few living Nobel Peace Prize winners and recipient of 55 honorary doctral degrees (and counting), he's still working on solving famine. But not all agree with undeniable contributions but fellow-farmer and ex-president Jimmy Carter is still by his side.

"Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity." By Gregg Easterbrook. The Atlantic Monthly, January 1997. Norman Borlaug, the agronomist whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution, has saved literally millions of lives, yet he is hardly a household name.

"Billions Served." By Ronald Bailey. REASON, April 2000. Three decades after he launched the Green Revolution, agronomist Norman Borlaug is still fighting world hunger--and the doomsayers who say it's a lost cause.

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