The Greatest Man You've Never Heard of

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    Died this month.

    Norm Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in food sciences.

    He is the father of genetically-modified food, and may be the singular person most responsible for decreasing hunger in the world.

    Penn & Teller are assholes, but they make a great point in this clip.

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    Clearly, I didn't put the proper title in this thread. I should have titled it something like "Greenpeace responsible for the deaths of a billion people" or something alarmist like that. I forgot the fundamental principal of message board thread headline writing - to attract attention, make it as inflammatory as possible!

    Hit & Run > Norman Borlaug: The Man Who Saved More Human Lives Than Any Other Has Died - Reason Magazine
     
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    Should of included Obama and ACORN. :lol:

    Trust me, I know how some important issues or people get ignored for the bullshit. As for this man, he was a great man. I remember when he died and I read up on him extensively. I thought it was amazing how little attention that such a great person in history got. He literally changed history.
     
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    sometimes it's difficult to hear quiet things among all the din.

    thanks for posting this. he was a great man....
     
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    He is also did something with wheat for this area, many farmers around here owe him a lot. :)
     
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    this is from the local paper, it explains what he did with the wheat.

    He worked with renowned Washington State University wheat scientist Orville Vogel to “ensure people around the world had bread to eat,” said R. James Cook, WSU professor emeritus and wheat researcher who worked with and knew both men.

    “When you drive though the Palouse and look at all those beautiful fields of wheat, know this: It didn’t happen by accident. It happened because of men like Norm Borlaug and Orville Vogel.”

    The two engaged in a sort of competitive camaraderie during the 1950s that launched agriculture’s Green Revolution.

    Borlaug achieved most of the fame for his work developing high-yielding crop varieties – especially wheat and rice – that were planted in countries on the verge of famine such as India and Mexico. Vogel developed similar wheat for the optimal growing conditions of the Pacific Northwest.

    The two built upon established research that wheat fed with nitrogen-rich chemical fertilizers delivered higher yields. The problem was that the tall wheat stalk would topple under the weight of the heavier head of kernels.

    Borlaug’s amber legacy | Spokesman.com | Sep 15, 2009
     
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    You can't study genetics without studying the Science of Evolution.
     
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    Now that rdean, is the biggest load of crap you've posted since you've been here and that covers some amazingly purblind virtually lunatic stuff. People were doing genetics for thousands of years before anyone ever heard of Darwin.

    Bourlag is great the only detractors are the lunatic fringe of the green movement.
     
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    Thousands of years?

    How can people be so incredibly ignorant? In this country?
     

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