2 thoughts on “Norman Borlaug, R.I.P.

  1. Bruce Rheinstein says:

    I suspect that another reason we heard little about Borlaug is that many environmentalists are hostile to the Green Revolution for which he was largely responsible.
    Consider what would happen to the ability to feed more than 6 billion people if the world switched to “organic farming”. There’s the Green Revolution, that makes it possible to feed the world, and the there’s the green movement that would reverse much of that progress.

  2. Dara says:

    What a pleasant surprise to see Damian back in the game. Welcome back!
    Bruce, the unacknowledged sine qua non of “organic” farming is the expansion of farming land at the expense of the natural environment.
    High yield strains like his actually allow for more biodiversity on the planet, while reducing it in the farmer’s fields. This is lost on his critics, as is the imperative of increasing the food supply.
    Borlaug recognized the real cause of hunger as the ever increasing world population. The green revolution was, in his eyes, “a temporary success in man’s war against hunger and deprivation,” and merely bought some breathing space.

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