Sunday, September 13, 2009

Borlaug obituary

The Washington Post reports that Norman E. Borlaug, father of the "Green Revolution," died Saturday in Texas. In Borlaug's lecture accepting the Nobel Prize in 1970, he described an adequate supply of food as "the first component of social justice . . . for all mankind. If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread. Otherwise there will be no peace."

So much of late has been written about the virtues of home gardening and growing your own vegetables to save money and eat better, we sometimes forget about the bigger picture of hunger and just how many people this Earth can sustain.

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