Connection Between Norman Borlaug and George Washington Carver
Etta May Budd
George Washington Carver
Some time later, Etta visited George Washington Carver at Ames. There she discovered something that made her very unhappy. Because Carver was black he had to eat his meals in the kitchen rather than the dining hall with the other students. This was unacceptable to Etta. She brought him into the dining hall where the white students took their meals. There she ate with him until the other students accepted him.
At Iowa State Carver was a brilliant biology student. He even took graduate work and upon graduation, was offered a teaching position. He was the first black teacher that Iowa State had ever hired.
Henry A. Wallace
As an adult, Wallace's fascination with corn continued. He developed some of the first hybrid corn varieties and even published his findings in Wallaces' Farmer Magazine. He also founded Pioneer Hi-bred International, Inc. By planting his hybrid seed, the per acre yields of Midwestern corn doubled and tripled.
In 1933, Wallace became Secretary of Agriculture under President Franklin Roosevelt. Then in 1940 he became Vice President under Roosevelt.
After the election of 1940, Wallace took a vacation trip to Mexico. There
he found corn to be an important part of most Mexican families' diet.
But the yield in Mexico was so much lower than that of American farmers
who planted hybrid corn varieties.
Twenty years after the station was built, corn production in Mexico had doubled, and wheat production had increased five-fold. Borlaug went on to win the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his development of high-yielding wheat.
The work of Borlaug and others in expanding yields of corn, wheat, and rice prevented worldwide famine. Over the years, the lives of a billion people were saved.
No one asked Etta Budd to feed a billion people. Her task as she saw it, was to end a stupid and degrading practice that demeaned her friend, George Washington Carver. In doing so, however, she set in motion a series of relationships that changed the world.
Etta Budd helped Carver
Carver helped Wallace
Borlaug helped the world