"Dr. Norman Borlaug"

Agriculture truly lost an ambassador with the passing of Dr. Norman Borlaug, a champion for the use of common sense, Nobel Prize winner, and father of the green revolution. We were able to capture Dr. Borlaug’s passion for agriculture on camera a couple of times in the last few years. Bob French has more with this week’s From The Ground Up.

"When people are starving, you can’t look for that “perfect” that “zero” risk, it doesn’t count, they’re dying in big numbers. You’ve got to use the best you’ve got, and that’s they way it is in real life. And that’s why I have little patience for the utopians who sit in offices and make fancy plans about how to feed the 6 billion people that were are today."

The memorial service held at Texas A&M this week celebrated Norman Borlaug’s contribution to the fight against hunger around the world. Throughout his career, Dr. Borlaug led the charge against anyone who stood in the way of the advancement of agriculture.

"They live in a foggy paradise. They’ve never produced a pound of food in their whole life. They’ve lost contact with the soil, they’re looking for zero risk. As I said, it doesn’t exist in the biological world. And you can’t wait for the perfect plant or animal before you move another step forward. Use the best there is and if your research is functioning, they’ll be something better coming behind."

During our last interview with Dr. Borlaug, he was 89 years old. When asked why he was still so active on the world stage, he replied, “Because it’s necessary.” I’m Bob French, tracing the journey our food makes from the farm to our homes, From The Ground Up.

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