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    Default R.I.P. Norman Borlaug

    Hey, if you save 200 million lives, you ought to get a thread in your honor.

    Norman Borlaug

    Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009) was an American agronomist, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate, and has been called the father of the Green Revolution. Borlaug was one of only five people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor.

    Borlaug's discoveries have been estimated to have saved over 245 million lives worldwide.

    Borlaug received his Ph.D. degree in plant pathology and genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1942. He took up an agricultural research position in Mexico, where he developed semi-dwarf high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties.

    During the mid-20th century, Borlaug led the introduction of these high-yielding varieties combined with modern agricultural production techniques to Mexico, Pakistan, and India. As a result, Mexico became a net exporter of wheat by 1963. Between 1965 and 1970, wheat yields nearly doubled in Pakistan and India, greatly improving the food security in those nations. These collective increases in yield have been labeled the Green Revolution, and Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply.

    Later in his life, he helped apply these methods of increasing food production to Asia and Africa. Borlaug continually advocated the use of his methods and biotechnology to decrease world famine. His work faced environmental and socioeconomic criticisms, including charges that his methods have created dependence on monoculture crops, unsustainable farming practices, heavy indebtedness among subsistence farmers, and high levels of cancer among those who work with agriculture chemicals. He emphatically rejected many of these as unfounded or untrue. In 1986, he established the World Food Prize to recognize individuals who have improved the quality, quantity or availability of food around the globe.







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    Now there's a man who made a difference!! RIP
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    Wow he definitely made a difference. If only something like that could be written about me whenst I pass.

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    "These collective increases in yield have been labeled the Green Revolution, and Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply."


    One of my top four favorite Bible passages is, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might," and this is why.
    This guy studied agriculture at the University of Minnesota. That doesn't sound too sexy at all, hardly something that could win a Nobel prize for contributing to world peace, but look what happened.
    Whatever your job is, do it well.







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    Selfishly, I would like to point out that Mr. Borlaug is from the great state of Iowa. Cresco, to be exact.
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    Yep, even with the handicap of coming from Iowa, look at all he achieved.

    Shows you that with hard work anything can be overcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Yep, even with the handicap of coming from Iowa, look at all he achieved.

    Shows you that with hard work anything can be overcome.
    I'm going to guess that's snark. That's snark, right??

    If not, you're a douche-nozzle. Have a nice day!
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    Yes, I was joshing ya!

    Never been to Iowa, been through it, but I dont think that counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Yes, I was joshing ya!

    Never been to Iowa, been through it, but I dont think that counts.
    Then I retract my douche-nozzle statement.

    Iowa is consistently ranked as one of the best places to raise a family. Yes, it does a LOT of boring country-side. There are a LOT of notables that come from Iowa. I'll get my list and post some later.
    "Jesus, that fucker just crawled out of his hen house that was destroyed by the Alabama tornados. Fucking 280mph plus winds sucked the gleam off this bitch and passed it on to a bird in Rhoad Island." - Hurricane Halen 5/3/11 (about my birthday chicken from seenbad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    There are a LOT of notables that come from Iowa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    Iowa is consistently ranked as one of the best places to raise a family. Yes, it does a LOT of boring country-side.
    Farms require a lot of work. Keeping the kids busy doesn't give them the time to become assholes. And gangbangers don't drive tractors.

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    Now there's a man who made a difference!!
    Eh, he's no Kanye.
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    I grew up on a farm and am glad of it.

    What most people consider a hard days work I consider a day off.
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