Happy Birthday Dr. Borlaug

Farmer Gene

March 25, 2009, is Dr. Norman Borlaug’s 95th Birthday.  Born on a farm near Cresco, Iowa, Norman Ernest Borlaug is often referred to as the father of the “Green Revolution” that helped save countless lives from starvation.  Dr. Borlaugh is one of only five people in history to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

With a Ph.D. in plant pathology and genetics from the University of Minnesota, Borlaug did agricultural research in Mexico where he developed high-yield and disease-resistant wheat varieties.  He then introduced these high-yielding varieties, combined with modern agricultural production techniques, in Mexico, Pakistan and India.   

As a result, Mexico became a net exporter of wheat by 1963. Between 1965 and 1970, wheat yields nearly doubled in Pakistan and India, greatly improving the food security in those nations.  More recently, Borlaug has helped apply these farming practices and modern methods of increasing food production to Asia and Africa, and he has continued to advocate the use of biotechnology to combat world famine. 

Norman Borlaug has inspired a global agricultural transformation through his plant research and advocacy.  As editorial writer Rox Laird writes in today’s Des Moines Register birthday tribute to him:  “The best way to honor Borlaug, would be to achieve his goal of ending hunger.”

Visit www.iambiotech.org to learn more about the contributions of this agricultural scientist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and father of the Green Revolution.  Leave a comment wishing Dr. Borlaug a happy birthday, and the comments will be compiled and sent to him.

A similar tribute is posted on the Truth About Trade and Technology (TATT) website at www.truthabouttrade.org where you can see links to other media sites with information about Dr. Borlaug.  

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