History’s Hunger Heroes: Norman Borlaug

Special Interests:Agriculture,Innovation
World Food Program USA
June 25, 2014

American biologist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug is often called “The Father of the Green Revolution” for his groundbreaking discoveries in high-yield agriculture.

He’s even been called “The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives,” which is no exaggeration.

Thanks in part to his dedication and expertise, the world’s grain output grew by more than 150 percent from 1950 to 1992. Before Borlaug, who died in 2009, staple crops like wheat grew sparsely, often perished to disease and required harvesting by hand in countries like Pakistan, India and Mexico.

Borlaug once said the biggest obstacle to his work was the “constant pessimism and scare-mongering” of skeptics who argued that mass starvation was inevitable; that hundreds of millions would die in Africa and Asia and there was nothing humanity could do about it.

As Borlaug knew, the world can solve hunger if we have the right tools, technology and support. Hunger isn’t about too many mouths to feed and too little food.

Because, as Borlaug once said, “We can’t build world peace on empty stomachs and human misery.”