The Greatest Benefactor of Humanity Whose Name Isn't Close to Being a Household Word

by Don Boudreaux on August 23, 2006

in Food and Drink

Back in May 2004 I posted on Norman Borlaug — one of the greatest, and least-known, benefactors of humanity.  The Hoover Institution‘s Henry Miller recently wrote this nice review of a new biography of Borlaug.

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NathanB August 23, 2006 at 1:46 pm

Kottke linked to this recently: The Oil We Eat [http://www.harpers.org/TheOilWeEat.html]

It's an infuriating condemnation of the not just the green revolution, but all agriculture.

Fortune recently published this silly piece that claims farming for biodiesel will starve the poor: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/08/21/8383659/index.htm

I guess they missed the memo on how the Population Bomb was a dud. I would love to see a collection of prophecies of doom that didn't pan out.

Brian Moore August 23, 2006 at 2:02 pm

I love this guy. We remember Stalin and Hitler for killing millions, we should remember this guy for saving billions.

In all seriousness, he is literally the greatest hero to humanity. I'm not sure even Jonas Salk or the future doctor who cures cancer or AIDS can compare.

happyjuggler0 August 23, 2006 at 3:29 pm

This is a link to a Reason Magazine interview with the man himself:

http://reason.com/0004/fe.rb.billions.shtml

Geoffrey Brand August 23, 2006 at 3:54 pm

Penn Jillett of Penn and Teller fame has a podcast of his interview with Norman Borlaug from his radio show.

http://podcast.penn.freefm.com/penn/25352.mp3

He is a very big fan of the man (as we all should be).

nelziq August 23, 2006 at 6:48 pm

Penn and teller also named him "The greatest human being that ever lived" in their show "Bullshit!" (Season One, episod "Eat This!")

TGGP August 24, 2006 at 11:36 am

I wonder what Jared "Agriculture is the worst mistake in human history" Diamond thinks of him.

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