Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Norman Borlaug - America's Albert Schweitzer

Taking a break from posts about fashionista-ish subjects
I wanted to recommend to you this WSJ editorial about
the greatest American of the 20th Century

Norman Borlaug arguably the greatest American of the 20th century died late Saturday after 95 richly accomplished years. The very personification of human goodness, Borlaug saved more lives than anyone who has ever lived. He was America's Albert Schweitzer: a brilliant man who forsook privilege and riches in order to help the dispossessed of distant lands. That this great man and benefactor to humanity died little-known in his own country speaks volumes about the superficiality of modern American culture.

In 1999, the Atlantic Monthly estimated that Borlaug's efforts combined with those of the many developing-world agriculture-extension agents he trained and the crop-research facilities he founded in poor nations saved the lives of one billion human beings.

Saving billions of lives, imagine that

Norman Borlaug RIP

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Couture Carrie said...

Lovely tribute, darling!


Sher said...

I'm reading the article you linked. What a wonderful enriching life.

Jill said...

Thanks for this...I'm one of the idiots who doesn't know who he is...following the link!

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