Norman Borlaug, anti-famine crusader who won the Nobel Prize, dies at 95


On Saturday, Nobel Prize winning agronomist Norman Borlaug died. He was 95.

Known as "the father of the Green Revolution," Borlaug was one of America's three five living Nobel peace prize winners. While the others -- Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger and Elie Wiesel -- are household names, Borlaug was largely unknown in the United States. However, his agricultural work changed the way the world cultivates, grows, and consumes food; in the process, he vastly increased the world's food supply and political security.

Borlaug's revolution began with an experiment. In 1953, he began working in Mexico to create a hybrid wheat that would combine the short stalks of Japanese wheat with the disease resistance of American strains. The ultimate product, which he finished in 1960, had a higher agricultural yield and used fewer chemicals than previous crops.

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