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Updated: March 26, 2014 12:18 IST

Norman Borlaug’s 100th birthday

  • Nandita Jayaraj
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Norman Borlaug
Norman Borlaug

A life size statue of Borlaug was unveiled on March 25th at the U.S. Capitol

”Man can and must prevent the tragedy of famine in the future.”

An American biologist who has won a Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Padma Vibhushan, yesterday was the 100th birthday of Norman Borlaug, best known as the father of the Green Revolution.

During the mid-20th century, Borlaug pioneered the introduction of high-yielding varieties of crops and modern production techniques in countries like India, Pakistan and Mexico. His efforts helped double production and drastically improve food security in these countries. Despite his methods facing criticism from some environmentalists and nutritionists (they disapproved genetic cross-breeding, farming methods which disrupted forests and wildlife), he is considered to have saved hundreds of millions from starvation. Borlaug passed away in 2009.

A life size statue of Borlaug was unveiled on March 25th at the U.S. Capitol, Washington DC, to commemorate his contributions to the world's agriculture.

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