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Norman Borlaug: An American Hero
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2009-12-30 16:51:07

(Editor's note: Although this commentary dismisses Borlaug's critics, we feel that their claims should be clearly articulated. As this article summarizes, Borlaug was "the man who arguably did more than any other to nurture the era of monocrops, GM [genetically modified] foods, and the intensive use of petrochemical pesticides and fertilizers. He may well have saved a billion people from imminent starvation, but by doing so, say his critics, he also inadvertently helped to plant the seed for future environmental woes.")

Norman Borlaug in 2004Called "arguably the greatest American in the 20th Century" during his 95 years, Norman Borlaug probably saved more lives than any other person. He is one of just six people to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Medal of Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And yet Borlaug, who died this past September, is scarcely known in his own country.


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