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Monday, September 14, 2009

Essential Estrogen: Officials say goodbye to native son who fed the hungry

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

Dr. Norman Borlaug, a son of immigrants who fled to the U.S. when
faced with famine in Norway and a man who taught people throughout the
world how to increase crop production, died late Saturday night in
Texas from complications of cancer. The Iowa native, who is credited
as being the father of the Green Revolution, was 95. Borlaug was
raised in Iowa, on a family farm near Cresco, and later attended the
University of Minnesota. He was an avid wrestler and incredible
agricultural scientist. The Nobel committee honored Borlaug in 1970
for his contributions to high-yield crop varieties (primarily wheat
and rice) and his contributions to developing countries. He is
believed to have averted a global famine following WWII by helping
create and promote high-yield wheat in India and Pakistan -- his
process for development being later applied to rice and other crops
throughout the Middle East and Asia.


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