Norman Borlaug Recognized

Jul 18, 2007

According to the AP, agriculture scientist Norman Borlaug received the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday. Professor Norman Borlaug’s work on high-yield, disease-resistant varieties of wheat spawned the Green Revolution and alleviated starvation in India and Pakistan in the 1960s.

Previously, Professor Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 after he founded the World Food Prize, an annual $250,000 award to people whose work increases the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

I commend Professor Borlaug for successfully promoting increases in food production, but I want us to remember that the world currently has more than enough food to feed everyone. The hunger problem results not from a lack of food, but rather a lack of sufficient distribution.

Granted, food production will become more important as global population continues to increase.

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