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Norman Borlaug has died aged 95

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The man who saved more lives than any other person who ever lived.

Via the Adam Smith Institute

Beloved by many in the countries whose lives he saved, the Nobel Peace Prize winner lost favour among many in the West as politics trumped science and the environmental cause turned in on itself. It is beyond a travesty that so many environmentalists have retarded the progress that technology offers for feeding the world. Their lobbying of the Ford Foundation and World Bank to shun Mr Borlaug’s work is a stain upon the environmentalist movement.

Mr Borlaug never gave in to their questionable priorities, and these and other institutions could learn a great deal from his courage and commitment to the evidence. In a rare reply to the armchair environmentalists who criticized his work, he retorted:

They’ve never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. If they 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 were trying to deny them these things.

He died of cancer complications on Saturday at the age of 95 and has been accredited with saving the lives of more than 245m people worldwide.

Now we chop down rainforests to grow grain to make biodiesel – progress?

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Written by curly

September 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

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  1. Over at Cats both CC and I have posted on the subject but I think Curly you get the cigar.

    Nick M

    September 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm


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