The Man Who Fed the World
In 1960, 4.6 million tons of wheat were grown in Pakistan. In 2000, the yield was 21 million tons. The difference was Norman Borlaug. As the leader of the Green Revolution, Borlaug harnessed genetics to develop hardy, high-yield cereal grains. His intervention increased the yield of wheat from 11 bushels per acre to 75-85 bushels per acre.
In his 95 years, Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize, founded the World Food Prize, and has been credited with saving hundreds of millions of human lives. One estimate puts the number of lives saved at 245,000,000. In his spare time, he’s advocated for universal primary education.
The next time you hear people complain about GMO, “frankenfood”, or big agra, ask if they have ever experienced starvation. Then kick them in the nuts, and tell them Norman Borlaug sent ya.