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Norman Borlaug

The 2014 World Food Prize: Onward to the Glorious Past

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

The 2014 World Food Prize represents a polite repackaging of the Green Revolution's past glory in order to open a new market and reaffirm its monopoly over the global effort to end hunger.

Connecting Three Countries in the Battle Against Hunger

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

Working together with local farmers, Dr. Norman Borlaug and his contemporaries tackled problems of huge magnitude, worked tirelessly to cross-breed new types of wheat, and eventually started a revolution in food and agriculture: The Green Revolution.

Rosa and Norm

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

On March 25 they will be together for the first time ever. A seemingly odd Alabama-Iowa couple, in some ways, they were very similar.

Wheat for the World: Fulfilling the Legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug

David Beckmann | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
David Beckmann

Dr. Borlaug was a advocate of the inextricable connection between agriculture and nutrition. His work taught us that agriculture is a long-term solution to many immediate nutrition problems.

Celebrating the Centennial of a Little-Known 20th Century Hero

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 05.26.2014 | Food
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

Norman E. Borlaug's labors certainly brought him awards, including a Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Congressional Medal of Honor. Yet what percentage of Americans do you think would recognize his name today?

JFK, UN World Food Day and Confronting the Single Greatest Challenge in Human History

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave his speech about going to the moon and less than a decade later, America had fulfilled that goal. Two years later, he gave a similar address about ending world hunger, but 50 years later our planet is still struggling with this objective.

World Food Prize Foundation Infuriates Environmental Groups

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green

DES MOINES, Iowa -- DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The World Food Prize Foundation is confronting both opposition to genetically modified crops and the div...

The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives

David Macaray | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David Macaray

Dr. Borlaug is most famous for having launched what came to be known the Green Revolution -- the agricultural phenomenon responsible for an exponential increase in the amount of food produced on earth. But scientific achievements like Borlaug's can have a weird downside.

Biotechnology and Climate Volatility: The Debate We Must Have

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Kenneth M. Quinn

If smallholder farmers, so many of them from poor rural areas, are to thrive in the face of these climatic challenges, can we afford to rule out, as critics suggest, using biotechnology and genetically modified crops to assist them?

What Would Norm Say?

Kenneth M. Quinn | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Kenneth M. Quinn

Given the decade-long relationship I had with him in building the World Food Prize, I am sometimes asked about what the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug might say about a particular topic.

How to Feed 7 Billion and Counting

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.02.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

Where others saw Mexican peasant farmers struggling with poor harvests and diseased crops -- not an attractive business opportunity -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug saw not problems, but potential.

Playing for Keeps: Students Who Rock Hunger

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Last week, as Midnight Madness showcased college basketball players with visions of massive wealth and self-indulgence written all over their face...

Criminally Negligent Homicide: The Legacy of Wealthy Nations That Allows Millions to Die

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Two award-winning reporters have collaborated on a new book entitledEnough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. It is a page turner. Unless you simply don't give a damn, this is a must read.

Learning From Norman, and Feeding the World

Jocelyn Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jocelyn Zuckerman

If the world learned to feed itself half a century ago, why are there now more hungry people than ever before?

You Can't Eat Potential

Glenn Denning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Denning

The global epicenter of chronic hunger is Africa. The good news is that hunger can be ended within a few years with targeted investments based on our current knowledge.

Global Harvest Initiative Seeks Not to Feed People, But to Bolster Big Agriculture's Profits

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Hunger looks on the surface to be the most bipartisan policy issue on our collective plates. We can all agree to the fact that hunger today is a global tragedy. But from there the discussion diverges.

Saving A Billion People from Starvation

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Glickman

Norm Borlaug's life is both a symbol of what can be done, and a reminder of the enormous problem of global poverty we still face. Why not finish his work?

Evaluating the Legacy of the Father of the Green Revolution

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Norman Borlaug, known for winning the Nobel Prize in 1970 for his role in the Green Revolution, died this past weekend at age 95. His life was dedicated to ending hunger through technology.

Reflections On The Industrial Agriculture Legacy Of Norman Borlaug

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Guest post by Tom Philpott From Grist.org In the early 1940s, Mexico was a fraught region for U.S. geopolitical strategists. Not so long before--1939...

Norman Borlaug Dead

AP | MATT CURRY and BETSY BLANEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

DALLAS — Scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug rose from his childhood on an Iowa farm to develop a type of wheat that helped fe...