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Greatest Indian of the 20th Century

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The Father of the Green Revolution

In pre-Borlaug 1963, wheat grew [in India] in sparse, irregular strands, was harvested by hand, and was susceptible to rust disease. The maximum yield was 800 pounds-per-acre. By 1968, thanks to Borlaug’s varieties, the wheat grew densely packed, was resistant to rust, and the maximum yield had risen to 6,000 pounds-per-acre.

Brilliant article on Norman Borlaug recently published here.

Another excerpt

Borlaug observed that the enemies of innovation might create a self-fulfilling prophecy: “If the naysayers do manage to stop agricultural biotechnology, they might actually precipitate the famines and the crisis of global biodiversity they have been predicting for nearly 40 years.” After slowing the progress of gene-splicing technology by advocating excessive regulation and after filing lawsuits to prevent the testing and commercialization of gene-spliced plants and even vandalizing field trials, activists have had the audacity to accuse the scientists and agribusiness companies of having overpromised technological advances.

A shame that such a giant was given the Padma Vibhushan when far worse have received the Bharat Ratna

Hat Tip: Ron Bailey

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Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

February 18, 2012 at 05:55

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