Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug
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Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug

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Having received the Nobel Prize for Peace, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal, Norman Borlaug ranks beside Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. But few people know his name.

Our Daily Bread shows why Borlaug should also be a household name. It is the story of how one man saved billions...more
284 pages
Published October 2011 by Bracing Books
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Biography of the plant scientist behind high-yield wheat in the 40s-60s, not great writing but a good story, and recommended under the category "everyone should know more about how the Green Revolution came about" - 15 years of crazily dedicated plant breeding in Mexico in Borlaug's case, and a belief that working with farmers and for farmers, out in the fields, was worthwhile. Also, they used to give out Nobel Peace Prizes for real accomplishment.
Extremely interesting!

Describes the life up until the Nobel Prize of the wheat scientist/breeder Dr. Norman Borlaug. If you need information on him, here's an excerpt from Penn & Teller, including a short interview with Borlaug: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEBtO... (NSFW language). In a nutshell, he developed wheat-varieties with extremely high yield, raised Mexico from a poor wheat-importing country to a wheat-exporting country, and prevented famines in India, Pakistan and China.

Highly engaging biography of one of history's least well-known contributors to ending hunger globally. Norman Borlaug created the food revolution of the 60s, preventing widespread annual famine in Mexico, India, Pakistan, and around the world. He educated the next generation of wheat and grain scientists, in practical and effective breeding methods. Along the way he also introduced Little League baseball in Mexico.
Bridget Coyle
An unexpectedly gripping read. I was pretty sure it would be another dull, lifeless memoir type of book but it is a very gripping biography of a wonderful man who literally gave all for humanity. Totally recommend this to anyone who needs a little inspiration of their own.

Poorly written biography of a great man. It was very interesting to read how some people opposed green revolution even when country was threatened by famine with very similar arguments as those used by today's Luddites on the left.
David Warner
Fantastic biography of an inspirational life. Norm's story of accomplishments is amazing and has touched the whole world. Though few realize how much their modern world was made possible by his humble efforts.
Kimberly Paulhill
Very interesting story with a lot of history about our food supply.
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