Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 17, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—September 18, 2009: The Green Revolution, Peace, and Humanity

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Norman Borlaug (1914 – 2009) was an American agronomist and plant breeder.  He is best known as the “father of the Green Revolution” for developing high yielding semi-dwarf wheat varieties and his work in agricultural development.  He won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in international agricultural development.

This week’s text is Borlaug’s Nobel lecture, “The Green Revolution, Peace, and Humanity”, delivered on December 11, 1970 in Oslo.  In his lecture, Borlaug traced the role of research in the Green Revolution—especially the decades of work in Mexico preceding the agricultural successes in India and Pakistan. He also stated his belief that advances in agriculture could alleviate many social ills—

“I am convinced that if all policymakers would take sufficient interest in population control and in aggressively employing and exploiting agricultural development as a potent instrument of agrarian prosperity and economic advancement, many of the social ills of the present day could soon become problems of the past. The tropics and subtropics have abundant sunlight and other great biological assets, and it will be criminal to delay further the conversion of these assets into wealth meaningful to the poor and hungry.”

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Borlaug’s text at this website:

http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1970/borlaug-lecture.html

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