Friday, April 4, 2014

Norman Borlag statue in U.S. Capitol

I mentioned Norman Borlag yesterday in class while I was lecturing about the Green Revolution.  That reminded me that I had the following article in my archives after having used it in Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Another possible HIV cure) on Daily Kos.

Texas A&M: Norman Borlaug to be enshrined in U.S. Capitol on March 25
Posted on March 7, 2014 by Angel Futrell
The State of Iowa will install a bronze statue of Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., the famous agricultural scientist and humanitarian who saved millions of lives worldwide, in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 25, the centennial anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s birth.

Borlaug’s guiding mission in life was that “Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world” and he worked tirelessly to improve agriculture, nutrition, and the food system for people around the globe. Borlaug founded The World Food Prize in 1986 with the hope that it would come to be seen as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” to recognize and inspire breakthrough achievements in feeding the world. His prodigious achievements earned him the title, “Father of the Green Revolution,” and his statue being installed in the U.S. Capitol will be of great significance to people and farmers everywhere.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders made the announcement today, and Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, along with Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, President of Borlaug’s World Food Prize Foundation, held a press conference to celebrate this momentous occasion and kick off Borlaug Centennial events.
A belated happy 100th birthday, Dr. Borlag, even if I'm just wishing your memory and legacy well.

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