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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
284 pages
Published October 2011 by Bracing Books
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Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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: (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.

Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, concise book on Dr. Borlaug's achievements, and how he went about getting there.

Of particular interest to me was the last section, as it was related to his work in South Asia - both in Pakistan and India. The first two sections are also make for an interesting read.

Apart from the well feted Dr. Swaminathan, Dr. Borlaug provides interesting stories on the heroes & villians of the 60's in the Indian Govt. It is interesting to read about the Rockfeller Foundation's work first in su
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another selection for the American Agri-Women book club. Norman Borlaug is one of my heros. This book covers his boyhood in Iowa to his research days. It briefly touches on the prizes and accolades he recieved which include the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal and was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor. His work in plant breeding was so important that he has been said to have saved a billion lives and ended ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it did not like it

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.
Bridget Coyle
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
David Warner
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nutrition
Very interesting story with a lot of history about our food supply.
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Interesting read; enjoyed how he mentioned the bohemians from Spillville, Iowa were some of the toughest baseball competition back when Borlaug was living in Saude.
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