Norman Borlaug Articles and Interviews
Hero: The Man Who Fed the World
Leon Hesser has completed his next book and it is due on bookstore
shelves September, 2006. It is the engaging biography of his long time
friend and colleague Norman Borlaug.
Bourlaug is the Greatest Living American
Borlaug has never received anywhere near the public applause he deserves
for his contributions to saving both people and wildlife with the Green
life of Norman Borlaug
A short backgrounder on Norman Borlaug's accomplishments and his legacy.
The Wall Street Journal, By Norman Borlaug and Jimmy Carter, October
More than half of the world's 800 million hungry people are small-scale
farmers who cultivate marginal lands. Because there are so many hungry
and suffering people, particularly in Africa, attacks on science and biotechnology
are especially pernicious.
Reason Magazine, April 2000
Who has saved more human lives than anyone else in history? Who won
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970? Who still teaches at Texas A&M at the
age of 86. The answer is Norman Borlaug.
Benefactor of Humanity
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
Borlaug: Compromising the Potential of Biotechnology
Norman Borlaug's foreword to "The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and
Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution" by Henry Miller and Greg
Conko (Praeger Publishers, 2004).
Visionary Who Has Banished Famine From The World
The Times (UK), February 21, 2004
Borlaug's work saved the Indian sub-continent from mass starvation.Without
the hybrid wheats it was Borlaug's life's mission to develop and promote
among the world's poorest farmers, few believe that this population could
have been sustained.
Can Feed the World. Here's How
Wall Street Journal, By Norman Borlaug, May 13, 2002
We must produce nearly three times as much food for the more populous
and more prosperous world of 2050, from the farmland we are already using,
in order to save the planet's wildlands. That's why I am one of the signers
of a new declaration
in support of protecting nature with high-yield farming and forestry.
The Pioneer (New Delhi, India), By C. S. Prakash, April 2, 2006
Dr Norman Borlaug tells me that I can address him as Norm. But how can
I bring myself to address this great man by his first name? He is a heroic
figure credited with saving a billion lives and has won the Nobel Peace
Senate Floor Statement on Norman Borlaug
US Senate, March 22, 2004
Mr. President, it is my distinct privilege to rise today to pay special
tribute to the one of the world's foremost physiologists, Dr. Norman Borlaug.
Harvest: Interview with Norman Borlaug, Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize,
Common Ground, August 12,1997
A conversation with Norman Borlaug during this half-hour of Common
Ground. Common Ground is a program on world affairs and the people who
Recognizing a Giant of
Our Time: A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug
By Thomas R. DeGregori, University of Houston
Sixty years ago, Borlaug went to Mexico to begin his life work which
continues undiminished to the present. His task was nothing less than
to create the seeds of plenty, the seeds that would feed a growing post-war
population and reduce the strife and disruption, disease and death that
famine has too often brought to humankind.
The Green Revolution: Accomplishments and Apprehensions
Who coined the term "Green Revolution"? Read this fascinating
1968 lecture by William S. Gaud, then Administrator of AID who came
up with this term "It is not a violet Red Revolution like that
of the Soviets, nor is it a White Revolution like that of the Shah of
Iran. I call it the Green Revolution."
Borlaug Lecture: "Towards a Hunger-Free World: The Final Milestone"
Presented by M.S. Swaminathan, October 14, 2003
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr Norman Borlaug in 1970 highlighted
the interrelationships between hunger and peace. We witness today a
growing violence in the human heart due to a variety of reasons. It
is becoming clear that where hunger, which is the extreme manifestation
of poverty, persists, peace cannot prevail.
A Hero for
Birmingham News, July 23, 2000
In a world that some say lacks real moral heroes, Norman Borlaug has
led a life that puts him up there with Albert Schweitzer and Mother Teresa.
Borlaug Blasts GMO Doomsayers
Africa News Service, June 7, 2000
"There is no evidence to indicate that biotechnology is dangerous.
After all, mother nature has been doing this kind of thing for God knows
how long," Borlaug told a packed hall consisting of researchers Kenya.
Tech Central Station, October 25, 2002
The breeds of wheat he developed - with strong disease resistance,
high yield potential and the ability to withstand poor growing conditions
- led the "Green Revolution" that saved literally hundreds of
millions of lives in developing nations that were prone to terrible famines.
Borlaug: A Billion Lives Saved
A World Connected
One would think that saving a billion lives in developing countries would
be enough to make someone a household name within America. And yet, very
few Americans would be able to say who Norman Borlaug is.
and the Green Revolution - An Interview with Norman Borlaug
We will need to use both conventional breeding and biotechnology methods
to meet the challenges of this century.
Borlaug Cites Importance of Plant Biotechnology in Fighting World Hunger
American Society of Plant Biology, October 31, 2002
In crop improvement, we will need to apply both conventional breeding
and biotechnology methodologies.
in the 21st Century: Vision for Research and Development
By Norman E. Borlaug & Christopher Dowswell, March 21, 2000
Agricultural researchers and farmers in Asia face the challenge during
the next 25 years of developing and applying technology that can increase
the cereal yields by 50-75 percent.
World Hunger: The Promise of Biotechnology and the Threat of Antiscience
Plant Physiology, By Norman E. Borlaug, October 2000
Despite the successes of the Green Revolution, the battle to ensure
food security for hundreds of millions miserably poor people is far from
a World of 10 Billion People: The Miracle Ahead
By Dr. Norman Borlaug, May 6, 1997
Dr. Borlaug provides his insightful wisdom on the role of agricultural
biotechnology in developing countries and his thoughts on the anti-biotechnology
the World in the 21st Century: The Role of Agricultural Science and Technology
By Norman E. Borlaug, April, 2001
For the genetic improvement of food crops to continue at a pace sufficient
to meet the needs of the 8.3 billion people projected in 2025, both conventional
breeding and biotechnology methodologies will be needed.
The Dallas Morning News, January 21, 2001
Since 1984, he has been a professor of international agriculture at Texas
A&M, where he teaches one semester every year. But he is by no means
Science Magazine, By Norman Borlaug, 20 February 2004
CGIAR must return to its original purpose and to its greatest comparative
advantage -- developing improved food crop varieties, using a combination
of conventional plant breeding techniques and new techniques of biotechnology,
with complementary crop management practices.
Green Revolution & Dr Norman Borlaug: Towards the "Evergreen
The Norman Borlaug Institute For Plant Science Research
The term "Green Revolution" was coined by William Gaud whilst
Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He was describing the spectacular increases in cereal crop yields that
were achieved in developing countries during the 1960s.
Winner Reflects on Work in Food Research
The Montgomery Advertiser, April 26, 2001
Science-based agriculture is essential to fighting world hunger and should
not be considered a frightening concept, Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman
Borlaug said Wednesday while in Tuskegee.
Green Revolution, Peace, and Humanity - Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1970
Norman Borlaug - Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1970
Food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite
the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry.
Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history.
Revolution Revisited and the Road Ahead
On September 8, 2000, thirty years after he received the Nobel Peace Prize,
Laureate Norman Borlaug presented his anniversary lecture at the Norwegian
Nobel Institute in Oslo.
Times Daily (Alabama), March 15, 2003
"Feeding 10 billion can it be done?" Borlaug said
about mid-century world population projections. "Yes, it can be done
without destroying the environment."
Scientist Predicts Wide Use of Genetically Engineered Foods
Tri-valley Herald, July 14, 2003
In an interview, Borlaug explained the logic behind genetic engineered
crops. Eventually they are going to become common and widely accepted
because they reduce the use of killer chemicals.
Life Focuses on Education
Des Moines Register, October 14, 2001
Borlaug created the World Food Prize in 1986 as a way to recognize
those who have increased the quantity or quality of food in the world.
the Big Picture: War Against Hunger Must Continue
AgJournal, July 7, 1999
In accepting his Nobel Prize, Borlaug predicted that technology available
in 1970 could enable the world's farmers to produce enough food to feed
a population of around six billion people. "That goal has been accomplished.
Agricultural Research, USDA/ARS, February 2002
Borlaug and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter work together to help
more than an estimated 4 million small-scale farmers in 11 sub-Saharan
countries improve food production.
of the Green Revolution - Serving Agriculture and the World Community
Texas A&M University, By Ellen Ritter
Scientist. Teacher. Humanitarian. Nobel Laureate. Father of the Green
Revolution. Those terms describe Dr. Norman Borlaug, who is distinguished
professor of international agriculture at Texas A&M University, but
they can't possibly capture the magnitude of his accomplishments.
Fed The World - Norman Borlaug: Geneticist
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, October 26, 2002
Norman Borlaug's success breeding wheat and disseminating technical
information to under-developed, poverty-stricken, hungry nations assured
him a place in history as a benefactor of mankind.
Urges Shift To Gene Revolution
Farm Press, June 25, 2003
Nobel Peace Laureate Norman Borlaug says the 21st Century challenge to
agriculture will be producing sufficient supplies of food to sustain the
world's continued population growth.
Norman Borlaug Special
Population News, August 12, 1997
Back when Paul Ehrlich predicted there was no way developing nations
could increase their crop yields, Borlaug was in the fields showing
them how to do just that.
Work in Mexico
The University of Minnesota College of Ag, Food and Environemental
Borlaug is a man who knows "tough". Breeding his wheat
plants involved walking stooped over through the fields, checking
the stems for brown pustules of rust. It was all hand labor.
Beginning of the Green Revolution
The University of Minnesota College of Ag, Food and Environemental
After 10 years of wheat breeding, Borlaug had plants that resisted
rust and other diseases. Because they were insensitive to the length
of daylight, they had the potential to grow in a wide variety of climates.
of the Green Revolution
The University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food and Envvironmental
Over and over again, bureaucrats and government scientists warned
Borlaug that peasant farmers would never accept the new technology,
that they weren't ready for the change. But their opinions shifted
rapidly once they saw a thriving crop at the experiment station.
Prize and More Honors
The University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental
The world made Norman Borlaug a celebrity in 1970, the year he was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. No Midwesterner, it seems certain, has
received more honor.
Norman Borlaug and George Washington Carver
Etta Budd helped Carver
Carver helped Wallace
Borlaug helped the world
Inacabada Revolución Verde – El Futuro Rol
de la Ciencia y la Tecnología en la Alimentación del Mundo
Me encuentro en mi 57º año de dedicación a la investigación
y producción agrícola en países de bajos ingresos
y déficit alimentario. He trabajado con muchos colegas, líderes
políticos y agricultores a fin de transformar los sistemas de
producción de alimentos y superar las sombrías predicciones
de los años 60 sobre una inminente hambruna mundial.