Proposed topic for tonight’s dinner

Norman Borlaug, “the plant scientist who did more than anyone else in the 20th century to teach the world to feed itself,” has died at age 95. On the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation in Mexico, Borlaug “developed a “miracle wheat” that tripled grain output and moved the country to self-sufficiency. Dr. Borlaug then took his high-yield, disease-resistant wheat to Pakistan and India, averting the mass famine and starvation that had been widely predicted.

Yet, despite his achievement, and being one of only five people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, Borlaug was hardly a household name: a 1997 Atlantic profile described him as the “forgotten benefactor of humanity.

(Post by NotMyselfRightNow, via MeFi.)

2 thoughts on “Proposed topic for tonight’s dinner

  1. Where to begin, I found your blog one sleepless night via stumble and ever since I’ve been steadily reading more of it about once a week. For one reason or another it brings me comfort at least to some degree to read about your life and your issues (your hydro bill comes to mind), and for that I would like to say ‘thank you’.

    I would also like to give my thanks for you having brought to my attention the death of Norman Borlaug, as we here in America don’t even know who he is and his death was in no way mentioned in the news.

    Finally one last thanks for your music and your opinion in regards to music. And for having this site for so many years, I realize that my praise is not needed and you would continue your projects and site with or without my encouragement but I felt I would give it anyways.

    -Friedrich Kim
    -Portland, Oregon, US

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