loren Eric Swanson: Saving a Billion People--Not a bad legacy!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saving a Billion People--Not a bad legacy!

Flying from LHR to ORD yesterday I read the July 30, 2007 issue of Newsweek (p. 39). A one-page article featured Norman Borlaug who at 93 should feel pretty good about how he invested his life. You see Borlaug was the man, who in the 40s and 50s developed a hybrid called "dwarf wheat" that tripled grain production, which has drastically changed the yields of wheat production in China, India, Mexico, etc. "An elderly agronomist doesn't make news, even when he is widely credited with saving the lives of 1 billion human beings worldwide, more than one is seven people on the planet." The difference he made? "In 1960 about 60 percent of the wolrd's people experienced some hunger every year. By 2000 that number was 14 percent..." Newsweek writer, Jonathan Alter notes, "Borlaug's success in feeding the world testifies to the difference a single person can make." There are many great discoveries out there that are yet to be made whether one is given credit or profits from such discoveries. What big things keep us awake at night? What is God asking us to join his hand, and give ourselves to?


At Thursday, August 16, 2007 10:46:00 PM, Blogger Ken Miller said...

this is a great example of what David Hegeman identifies as "culturative history"...if you have not read Plowing in Hope yet, you will really enjoy it.


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