The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlang and His Battle to End World Hunger by Leon HesserThe Man Who Fed the World provides a loving and respectful portrait of one of Americas greatest heroes. Nobel Peace Prize recipient for averting hunger and famine, Dr. Norman Borlang is credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives from starvation-more than any other person in history? Loved by millions around the world, Dr. Borlang is recognized as one of the most influential men of the twentieth century.
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Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlang and His Battle to End World Hunger
I'll tell you Norman who. I've called him a Modern Prometheus. And comedians Penn and Teller said well, mostly Penn said that he was the greatest human being who ever lived. Norman Borlaug was an American agricultural scientist and plant breeder whose work sparked what is now known as the Green Revolution. He was recognized with countless scientific and humanitarian awards, including, in , the Nobel Peace Prize. Quite tragically, he died of cancer yesterday, at the age of Borlaug was born on a small farm in Cresco, Iowa in and developed an interest in applying science and technology to agriculture during the Depression-era dustbowl that desiccated the Great Plains in the first half of the s.
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Read in: 4 minutes Favorite quote from the author:. Norman Borlaug. Borlaug was born in in Iowa, in the United States, grew up in a rural setting and from onwards, dedicated his entire life to one cause: ending world hunger. Having learned what hunger feels like first hand, as his family was poor, and immensely valuing hard, practical work, helping others and education, he was perfectly suited for this mission. Between and , he led what would later be called the green revolution , a number of research and development projects to transfer agricultural technology to developing countries, in order to allow them to increase their crop yield and feed their population.
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And apt they were, because throughout his career as a leading scientist, Borlaug studied hard to feed not only his own family, but to avert famine in much of the world and in the words of Jimmy Carter, "saving hundreds of millions of lives. Peppered with personal anecdotes of his experiences, doubts and devotion to his family, Leon Hesser's biography pays tribute to Borlaug's incredible achievements from a one-classroom school, to becoming recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Stakman, internationally recognised for his pioneering work in plant pathology, who encouraged and inspired Borlaug as a young scientist. With their support, Borlaug embarked on agricultural innovations that formed the foundation of a wheat revolution in Mexico, and fostered the 'Green Revolution' in Asia. Borlaug's method emphasised intensive farming on existing fields to reduce the pressure on farmers to constantly slash and burn. The method produced more food from less land through the use of improved seed varieties with resistance to destructive diseases such as wheat stem rust.