Today in AgBioView Special from www.agbioworld.org - March 24, 2004:
* Celebrating the Life of a Great Humanitarian
* The Legend Turns 90: Happy Birthday Dr. Borlaug!
* Best Web Resource on Borlaug; World Leaders Join AgBioWorld in Celebration
* How Can you Send a Personal Greeting to Dr. Borlaug?
* Happy Birthday Dr. Borlaug! -Musical Tribute
* Congressional Statement on Borlaug by Senator 'Kit' Bond
* Recognizing a Giant of Our Time: Dr. Norman Borlaug Turns 90
* What They Say: Notable Quotes on Norman Borlaug
* List of Articles on Borlaug posted at http://www.agbioworld.org
* Borlaug Multimedia Resources: Books, Audio, Video, Poetry, Painting...
* Lyrics of The Norman Borlaug Rap (Thank You, Norman)
Celebrating the Life of a Great Humanitarian
Ninety years ago on March 25, 1914, he was born at Cresco, Iowa and almost single handedly transformed the world into a better place for all of us. Norman Borlaug is a legend and an institution. So few regular people have ever heard of him and yet he has transformed the lives of more people than one.
For many of us, Dr. Borlaug a messiah, who embodies Luther Burbank, George Washington Carver, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa rolled into one! A tireless advocate of using science for the betterment of humankind. A champion wrestler during his college days still with a fighting spirit for the causes he believes. An ever optimist, he has little patience for those who irrationally oppose the use of technology in agriculture and for naysayers and doomsday believers.
I feel blessed to have known this great man. As a young college freshman studying agriculture in India more than thirty years ago, I listened to his lecture once. I was so inspired that I decided to major in plant breeding and genetics with the hope that I can tread in his foot steps in my own small way. Of course, growing up as a child in the sixties in India, I had personally experienced the magic of green revolution. Since then, I have seen how it has transformed my native land from a begging bowl into an agricultural superpower.
So, please join me and AgBioWorld in celebrating the 90th birthday of this remarkable individual and in thanking him for his ninety wonderful years in serving the humanity. I am sure you all have received the earlier press release sent on AgBioView http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech_info/pr/borlaug90.html. Many scientists including Gurdev Khush and Tom DeGregori have agreed to be contacted by the media to speak about Borlaug and you will find their contact numbers at the bottom of the press release. Although released just a few hours ago, the press release has already been picked up by hundreds of news outlets around the world and has also been translated into many languages.
AgBioWorld is truly proud to have luminaries such as Jimmy Carter, George McGovern, Swaminathan and others join us in celebrating the birthday of this true hero. Many world leaders have also sent in their congratulatory messages directly to Dr. Borlaug. Senator Kit Bond (R, Missouri) introduced a special document praising Borlaug as a congressional record (see below).
May I encourage each one of you to please forward the press release to the local newspaper editors and any media people you know. Please also consider sending in a short commentary, op-ed or letter to the editor of your local newspapers or magazines on Borlaug. You will find a treasure trove of information on Borlaug at www.agbioworld.org to help you in this effort. We have posted the most comprehensive web resource ever assembled on Dr. Borluag at http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech_info/topics/borlaug/borlaug.html where you will find articles, quotes, speeches, photos, poetry, painting, his CV and web links including books, video, and audio resources (see below for
Who coined the term "Green Revolution"? I have posted a special document
-- on the web for the first time -- that explains this! It was William S. Gaud, then Administrator of AID who came up with this term in 1968. Dr. Borlaug sent me the transcript of this lecture from his personal collection.
Below I post some of the links along with memorable quotes and articles. I am especially delighted to have my little 11-year old son Rohan record a special tribute to Dr. Borlaug (lyrics below) which you can listen at http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech_info/topics/borlaug/borlaug-rap.html
I also provide information below on how you can send a personal greeting to Borlaug on his birthday.
C. S. Prakash
How Can you Send a Personal Greeting to Dr. Borlaug on his Birthday?
Simply send an email to and I will compile all of them and forward it to him.
Please note that a few select messages will also be posted on AgBioWorld or the newsletter AgBioView. I encourage you to creative in praising him and commenting on his work.
You can also send in a card to
Dr. Norman Borlaug
Apdo. Postal 6-641
06600 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Those in US and Canada, send it to CIMMYT's Postal address in the US:
Dr. Norman Borlaug
Apartado # 370
PO Box 60326
Houston TX 77205 USA
(Note: May send books and magazines to this box, but not parcels.)
Happy Birthday Dr. Borlaug!
- From Andrew Apel on Borlaug's 90th Birthday - March 25, 2004
Dear Dr. Borlaug:
Each birthday is a special day.
You let us live to see them.
We lived and then had children,
and you let us feed them.
That makes your birthday special,
because your birthday now belongs to all of us,
to ourselves, our children, and theirs yet to come.
With heartfelt regards,
One Billion Humans.
Statement on Norman Borlaug by Senator 'Kit' Bond in the U.S. Senate
- U. S. Congressional Record (March 22, 2004); page S.2856. Page: S2856
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 . Dr. Borlaug is widely credited as the father of the 1960s Green Revolution, a movement that has continued to cure hundreds of millions of people around the globe from starvation. It is very likely that Dr. Borlaug is directly responsible for saving more lives than anyone else in the twentieth century.
Born in Cresco, IA on March 25, 1914, Dr. Borlaug was raised on livestock farm before attending the University of Minnesota as a biology student and a member of the University's wrestling team. After graduation, in addition to being inducted to the University's Hall of Fame for his wrestling record, Dr. Borlaug carefully balanced teaching while successfully working on the development of several new strains of disease-resistant wheat. The new strand of wheat went on to be widely utilized in Mexico, Pakistan, and India and led to dramatic increases in food production, in turn earning Dr. Borlaug the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. The Dallas Morning News attests his lifelong dedication to physiology to growing up among the food shortages of the Great Depression: "The sight of farm failures, sheriff's sales and hungry children would stay with him and influence his choices for the rest of his life.'' Dr. Borlaug added in his own words, "I saw all that unfold. And I think that had something to do with how things turned out.''
Dr. Borlaug has certainly earned the right to slow down after his many years of hard work, but he continues, even at age 90, to a be a leader in the development and implementation of new technologies, in effect, ensuring the world's most needy adequate food supplies. He often travels to Asia and Africa, Europe and Latin America to help the public understand the value and potential of new biotechnology, while respecting and preserving the environment. In addition to his efforts globally, Dr. Borlaug is helping farmers make a living by leading the fight against wealthy and well-fed anti-technology protectionists in Europe.
Some would rest after a Nobel Peace Prize and many others would certainly take the opportunity to reward themselves and their family--deservedly--by answering lucrative offers from the private sector. In a world where 800 million children are hungry and even more live on less than one dollar a day, Dr. Borlaug has never stopped fighting, teaching, inventing, or caring. It is clear that Dr. Borlaug is inspired by the rewards his efforts yield for others.
Missouri's renowned plant scientist, George Washington Carver words are appropriate when used to describe Dr. Borlaug : "No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.'' So very few of a talented world, billions strong, have met this test to the extent that Dr. Borlaug has. He has selflessly and tirelessly developed his gifts from God on behalf of millions and billions of desperate people he does not know, and who will never know whom to thank.
I also thank Mrs. Borlaug and the rest of the Borlaug family, on the behalf of the people of the State of Missouri, America, and throughout the world, for sharing Norman's attention for all these years.
Dr. Borlaug will soon gain status as the world's youngest 90 year old. I speak for all in thanking him for his lifelong dedication to agriculture and I sincerely wish him a happy birthday. The world owes Dr. Borlaug endless amounts of gratitude and we will look forward to celebrating his achievements again on his 100th birthday.
Recognizing a Giant of Our Time: Dr. Norman Borlaug Turns 90
- Thomas R. DeGregori, Health Facts and Fears, March 22, 2004
The greatest good is often that which is unnoticed and unknown. Not least among our blessings are the bad things that do not happen and are therefore invisible to us. The benefits of modern science and technology permeate every aspect of our lives but remain largely unnoticed, while the occasional problems of modern life get widely trumpeted, depicted as the norm rather than the exception. Various groups have an interest in keeping us worried about what allegedly harms us while they remain silent about what keeps us going day in and day out. Counting our blessings is too often saved for special occasions and taken for granted the rest of the time.
HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, DR. NORMAN BORLAUG!
Read this wonderful tribute in full at http://healthfactsandfears.com/featured_articles/mar2004/borlaug032204.html
What Others Say: Notable Quotes on Norman Borlaug
For fifty-two years, Dr. Norman Borlaug has been helping to provide more food to the most needy areas of the world. But perhaps of greater importance, this distinguished scientist-philosopher has been demonstrating practical ways to give people of the entire world a higher quality of life ...
The passion that drives Dr. Borlaug's life is an inspiration for all of us to follow. Since 1986, we've worked together through Global 2000 of The Carter Center and the Sasakawa Africa Association to help small-scale farmers to improve agricultural productivity and crop quality, sometimes two or even threefold. It has been an honor to collaborate with Dr. Borlaug. He is a true humanitarian and a dear friend.
-- Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president
Dr. Norman Borlaug was the father of the Green Revolution that transformed much of the hungry Third World. As U.S. Food for Peace Administrator in the 1960s, I shipped 4 million tons of food aid per year to India; now it can export food. Dr. Borlaug’s scientific leadership not only saved people from starvation, but the high-yield seeds he bred saved millions of square miles of wildlife from being plowed down. He is one of the great men of our age.
-- The Honorable George McGovern, Former US Senator, UN "Ambassador to the Hungry"
"Norman Borlaug is the living embodiment of the human quest for a hunger free world. His life is his message."
-- Professor M. S. Swaminathan, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
"Some credit him with saving more human lives than any other person in history."
-- Bruce Alberts, President of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
Dr. Norman Borlaug holds the record for longevity as a "persistent pioneer" in the development of a new cooperative approach among the countries of the world in the alleviation of hunger.
-- Dr. Edwin J. Wellhausen, First Director General of CIMMYT, Mexico, 1996
"It is very likely that Dr. Borlaug is directly responsible for saving more lives than anyone else in the twentieth century.......Dr. Borlaug has never stopped fighting, teaching, inventing, or caring.....The world owes Dr. Borlaug endless amounts of gratitude"
-- Senator 'Kit' Bond, (R) Missouri, in a congressional record marking Borlaug's 90th birthday
Dr. Norman Borlaugu is the first person in history to save a billion human lives. But he must also get credit for saving the wild creatures and diverse plant species on 12 million square miles of global forest that would long since have been plowed down without the high-yield farming he pioneered. The two accomplishments combined make him dramatically unique. I am proud to work with the Center for Global Food Issues, of which he is Chairman Emeritus.
-- Senator Rudy Boschwitz, R-MN, former member of the US Senate Agriculture Committee
'The battle to feed all of humanity is over," biologist Paul Ehrlich famously wrote in his 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb ... But Borlaug and his team were already engaged in the kind of crash program that Ehrlich declared wouldn't work. Their dwarf wheat varieties resisted a wide spectrum of plant pests and diseases and produced two to three times more grain than the traditional varieties ... Borlaug, who unfortunately is far less well-known than doomsayer Ehrlich, is responsible for much of the progress humanity has ma de against hunger.
-- Ronald Bailey, Reason Magazine
Though barely known in the country of his birth, elsewhere in the world Norman Borlaug is widely considered to be among the leading Americans of our age ... Norman Borlaug has already saved more lives than any other person who ever lived.
Borlaug is responsible for the fact that throughout the postwar era, except in sub-Saharan Africa, global food production has expanded faster than the human population, averting the mass starvations that were widely predicted -- for example, in the 1967 best seller Famine -- 1975! The form of agriculture that Borlaug preaches may have prevented a billion deaths.
-- Gregg Easterbrook, The Atlantic Monthly
At a time when doom-sayers were hopping around saying everyone was going to starve, Norman was working. He moved to Mexico and lived among the people there until he figured out how to improve the output of the farmers. So that saved a million lives.
The he packed up his family and moved to India, where in spite of a war with Pakistan, he managed to introduce new wheat strains that quadrupled their food output. So that saved another million.
You get it? But he wasn't done. He did the same thing with a new rice in China. He's doing the same thing in Afica -- as much of Africa as he's allowed to visit.
When he won the Nobel Prize in 1970, they said he had saved a billion people. That's BILLION! Carl Sagan BILLION with a B! And most of them were a different race from him.
Norman is the greatest human being, and you probably never heard of him.
-- Penn Jillette, of the comedy team Penn and Teller
Thanks to the Green Revolution, the real price of food is half or less than it was in 1960 which means those who spend the highest portion of their income on food - the urban and non-farm rural poor -- garner the most benefit from it.
-- Thomas R. DeGregori, University of Houston
Borlaug's work saved the Indian sub-continent from mass starvation. In his 90 years on this planet its human population has grown from about one billion to more than six billion. 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.
-- Matthew Parris, The Times (UK)
As a result of [Borlaug's] work, a billion people now exist who otherwise would have starved to death, died of starvation-related diseases, or never have been born.
-- Gregory Pence and Joyce Hsu, Birmingham News
Borlaug is one of the great humanitarians of the 20th Century - and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for a lifetime of work feeding a hungry world. 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.
-- James Glassman, Tech Central Station
He is credited with starting the Green Revolution in the mid-1960s and saving millions of lives from starvation. 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 semi-retired. At 86, he remains as active as ever - carrying his brand of prairie pragmatism to fight hunger around the world and in the classroom. Think big. Fight complacency. That is the essence of his message, whether he's talking to heads of state or college freshmen.
-- David Tarrant, Dallas Morning News
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.
-- Ellen Ritter, Texas A&M University
If there's one thread running through Borlaug's life it's doing -- acting with fierce determination. Working on a problem as fundamental as world hunger is a complicated business, and Borlaug is a complicated man, somehow balancing contradictions.
He is the scientist and the dirt farmer; the advocate of common sense and the master of political subtleties; the humanitarian and the pugnacious fighter; the idealist and the consultant to governments of every political ideology. He has been called a peaceful revolutionary, and the tension in that term - between benevolence and aggressiveness - seems particularly apt.
- From the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science
List of Articles on Borlaug posted at http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech_info/topics/borlaug/borlaug-articles.html
The life of Norman Borlaug
A short backgrounder on Norman Borlaug's accomplishments and his legacy.
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.
Forgotten 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 household name.
The Green 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.
We 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.
Senator Bond 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.
An Abundant Harvest: Interview with Norman Borlaug, Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 1970 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 shape events.
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."
A Hero for Our Time
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.
Norman 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.
Norman 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.
Biotechnology and the Green Revolution - An Interview with Norman Borlaug ActionBioScience.org We will need to use both conventional breeding and biotechnology methods to meet the challenges of this century.
Norman 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.
Agriculture 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.
Ending World Hunger: The Promise of Biotechnology and the Threat of Antiscience Zealotry 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 won.
Feeding 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 movement.
Feeding 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.
High Profile: Norman Borlaug
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 semi-retired.
International Agricultural Research
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.
The Green Revolution & Dr Norman Borlaug: Towards the "Evergreen Revolution" 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.
Nobel 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.
The 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.
The Green 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.
Food for Thought
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."
Nobel-winning 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.
Borlaug's 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.
Painting 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.
Feeding the World
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.
Father 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.
Iowans Who 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.
Borlaug 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 Issue
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.
Borlaug's Work in Mexico
The University of Minnesota College of Ag, Food and Environemental Sciences 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.
The Beginning of the Green Revolution
The University of Minnesota College of Ag, Food and Environemental Sciences 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.
Political Aspects of the Green Revolution
The University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food and Envvironmental Sciences 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.
The Nobel Prize and More Honors
The University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences 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.
Connection Between Norman Borlaug and George Washington Carver CampSilos.com Etta Budd helped Carver…Carver helped Wallace…Wallace helped Borlaug…Borlaug helped the world…
Borlaug Multimedia Resources: Books, Audio, Video, Poetry, Painting... Find Links at http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech_info/topics/borlaug/borlaug.html
Norman Borlaug on World Hunger (The book) : Book by Anwar Dil (Ed.). 1997. Bookservice International. 499 pages; ISBN: $25 Hardcover 0-9640492-3-6 / $ 15 Paperback 0-9640492-2-8
I have a special reason for putting together these selected speeches and writings of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. These essays present a most thoughtful, challenging discussion of some of the key issues facing the human family today and a world view of a man who has been recognized by many around the world as "one of the greatest benefactors of human race in the modern times" and "a man who has pushed back the frontiers of hunger" and contributed to the creation of a climate in which peace is possible. - Anwar Dil
For fifty-two years, Dr. Norman Borlaug has been helping to provide more food to the most needy areas of the world. But perhaps of greater importance, this distinguished scientist-philosopher has been demonstrating practical ways to give people of the entire world a higher quality of life. These thoughtful and challenging essays, written by him since his well-earned award of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1970, deserve to be read with interest and care by all concerned men and women. - Jimmy Carter, Former President of The United States of America, 1996.
Video of Discussion with Borlaug on 'Africa Agricultural Crisis' and 'Future Global Food Production'
Africa's Agricultural Crisis: Will Africa eventually be plunged into large-scale famine as its agricultural crisis deepens? Discussing the grave status of food production in the African continent are Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 1970, Dr. Robert Chandler, Founding Director Emeritus of the International Rice Research Institute, and Dr. Nyle Brady, International Development Consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations.
Future Global Food Production: Can world agriculture production keep pace with a burgeoning human population? Dr. Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Robert Chandler, Founding Director Emeritus of the International Research Institute, and Dr. Matthew McMahon of the World Bank's Latin American Division, discuss the ongoing battle to feed the world. They consider many puzzles of world agriculture, such as: how can we sustain high yield in the world's already productive areas? How can we better manage irrigation? How can we increase productivity in poorer countries? How can we prevent soil erosion in inhospitable climes? How can we increase capital investment in rural education and agriculture?
Setting the Grass Roots on Fire
- A Documentary Movie on 'Norman Borlaug & Africa's Green Revolution'; Directed by Tony Freeth for Images First, UK. African Studies Association, 2000; 56 min. Video.
Watch the video at http://www.saa-tokyo.org/english/publica/
Order at http://www.images-first.com/stgf.html or http://www.filmakers.com/indivs/setting_grass.htm
"This is a new experience for me here south of the Sahara. But I see the same fire now beginning to burn in the grassroots -- I call this 'setting the grassroots on fire'. And it's heating up for the political decision-makers"
Dr. Norman Borlaug, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, has spent his life battling against hunger and poverty in developing countries. With characteristic energy and a sense or urgency, he is setting the agenda for a "Green Revolution " in Sub-Saharan Africa as population increases overwhelm production.
Norman Borlaug Cites Importance of Plant Biotechnology in Fighting World Hunger
American Society of Plant Biology: October 31, 2002
See the video of the talk at http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech_info/topics/borlaug/fighting-hunger.html
Norman Borlaug - The Peaceful Revolutionary
(Wonderful commentary on Borlaug's early life, education at Univ of Minnesota, his work in Mexico, his impact on the world, and political aspects of green revolution)
Links to following articles are found here:
Borlaug's Work in Mexico
The Beginning of the Green Revolution
Political Aspects of the Green Revolution
The Nobel Prize and More Honors
Conversation with Borlaug: The Paula Gordon Show
Listen to the conversation at http://www.paulagordon.com/shows/borlaug/
Norman Borlaug's life is a tribute to what one person can do in the face of enormous obstacles: he has saved more lives than anyone in history. He has done it in the face of world wars, civil wars, famines, riots and bureaucratic obduracy. Norman Borlaug is the Father of the Green Revolution. In 1970, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. Now in his mid-80's, Dr. Borlaug is still fiercely committed to the fundamental importance of feeding the world's people. ?He believes the ability to feed "the population monster" is central to civilization's survival. Human progress itself is at stake.
From Mexico in the 1940's to Africa today, we have much to learn from Norman Borlaug's perseverence. How does Dr. Borlaug see himself? "I was only a catalyst." Let's hear it for catalysts.
Norman Borlaug's Song
- Eddie Kohler http://www.icir.org/kohler/z/normanborlaugssong.html
(Sung to the Tune of Miss Susie Had a Steamboat)
My name is Norman Borlaug,
I bred a better wheat!
And if you dare attack me
You will go down to defeat
And even Idaho!
The farmers praise my crazy maize
And grow it row by row!
I have to go now!
The Third World's farmland calls!
So sing "Yippee, agronomy"
As if you've got the balls!
- Michael Carey, firstname.lastname@example.org
"No," he said.
"I won't do that."
Some say he was
honest and true,
some say focused,
some say he was simply
Norwegian and stubborn.
He'd have to be
to do what he did,
to talk to plants
for years on end
until they listened,
to talk to politicians
until they too heard,
and students and farmers.
He alone, it seemed
knew how beautiful
mud is, how in dirt
there is peace,
and that nothing
soothes the aching belly
From: 'Preliminary Poems Concerning Norman Borlaug, His Family and the Borlaug Boyhood Home
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The Norman Borlaug Rap (Thank You, Norman)
I don't know what you been told
about farming and food in days of old,
but listen and take this to the bank:
If there's food in your tummy then you'd better thank
Norman Borlaug, thank you, man
Straight out of Iowa Norman came,
then traveled the world, saw suffering and pain.
Millions of people were starving, yo
in Pakistan, India, Mexico.
But just a few years after Norman came,
they all had bumper crops of grain.
Norman found the great solution,
known as the Green Revolution.
Billions of people are alive today
because of work done by the man named
Norman Borlaug, you may be
the greatest man in history.
Using science and your brain
to stamp out hunger, woe and pain.
Creating new varieties
of plants with new technologies.
You're the man we look up to.
That is why we're thanking you.
But then some people started to panic,
telling the farmers to go organic.
Technophobes started making a mess
of Norman Borlaug's great success.
Green groups thought they found the cure
in stinky piles of cow manure,
telling their governments not to send
fertilizer aid to our African friends.
So Norman came back to defend
high-yield agriculture with his friend,
Jimmy Carter, ex-president,
to help all the African residents.
Norman and Jimmy hopped in a plane
to help the Africans grow more grain.
Soon the men were able to triple
corn yields that the Greens had crippled.
Feeding the planet is his game
and yet he does not have much fame.
Got the highest scientific acclaim,
and now you better know his name is
And he's still working in the fields,
helping the farmers increase their yields.
With fertilizer, water and better plant breeding
he's making sure that farmers are feeding
children and their families
with corn and rice, cassava and peas.
The man has saved so many lives.
That's why they gave the Nobel Prize to
If you don't know, You better ask somebody
Father of the Green Revolution
Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity
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Lyrics: M.C. Tractor
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Chorus: Luckie Egnin, Destiny Caldwell
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