Feeding the world

A few excerpts from an essay by Norman Borlaug:

“Low-yield farming is only sustainable for people with high death rates”.

“Some of them say that modern food is not as healthy as yesterday’s, though science can find no lack of nutrients and, all over the world, the people eating modern crops are growing taller and living longer.”

I remember watching a Bullshit! episode about genetically engineered crops and Penn & Teller referring to Borlaug as the greatest man alive, that he had saved more than a billion lives. There was an article on slashdot today that says he just turned 90. He is responsible for the “Green Revolution” and won a noble prize in 1970.