"One of the most influential and important figures of the 20th century recently died—Norman Borlaug. If you never heard of Borlaug, you are not alone. His face never appeared on the cover of People magazine, and the cable networks didn’t cover the story of his passing 24/7.
If Borlaug actually had been famous, his claim to fame would have been that, as the father of the 'Green Revolution,' he saved hundreds of millions, perhaps even a billion, lives. As one writer put it, Borlaug’s work is why 'food today is cheap and widely available, and why famines have become relatively rare events.'
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