The United States loses a great man: Norman Borlaug was said to have saved one billion lives

After the orgy of media coverage following the deaths of a politician best known for his cowardice at Chappaquiddick and an entertainer/child predator, it’s an honor to pay homage to a man who personifies all that is noble. Norman Borlaug died on Saturday at age 95. This unassuming Iowa native son was called “arguably the greatest American of the 20th century” by the Wall Street Journal.

Just what did Borlaug do to earn such praise? He devoted his life to creating new strains of wheat and other grains and revolutionary agronomy practices that enabled entire nations to attain self-sufficiency in food production. Borlaug spent most of his life in Mexico, India, Pakistan and Africa, spreading his gospel of high-yield agriculture. Experts estimate that the Nobel Prize winner saved more than one billion people from starvation… a number that grows every day.

Norman Borlaug's agronomy breakthoughs are credited with savings one billion people from starvation.

Norman Borlaug's agronomy breakthoughs are credited with savings one billion people from starvation.

Unlike today’s phony “green” movement — foisted on the dimwitted by a pudgy political hack in a Gulfstream jet — Borlaug’s Green Revolution actually solved a real problem. By using Borlaug’s farming techniques and his specially developed strains of grain, farmers in developing nations were able to multiple their yields many times over. From his research station in Mexico, Borlaug and his merry band of assistants tackled poverty and hunger around the world. He is best known for his high-yield, low-pesticide dwarf wheat that continues to feed a large chunk of the population every day.

Unbelievably, the enviros attacked Borlaug because he advocated the use of both pesticide and fertilizer. As we’re seeing at the moment in central California — where the Obama administration has cut off water to farmers to save a few minnows — when it comes to the greenies, people finish dead last. Sorry about that Africa, we hope you enjoy your organic arugula while you starve to death.

Borlaug didn’t suffer these fools. Here’s a quote from the great one from the Journal’s story: “If they (environmentalists) lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for 50 years, they’d be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals and be outraged that fashionable elitists in wealthy nations were trying to deny them these things.”

Throughout the nations he helped, buildings and streets bear the name of Norman Borlaug. As the Keyster looks askance at the magazine covers devoted to a disgraced Senator and a disfigured singer, it’s gratifying to read about a man who was the very definition of a hero: Norman Borlaug.

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