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And Think of the Horrors Unleashed by Penicillin!

Here’s one of the most absurdly ridiculous lines that I’ve read in a long time; it was penned by Alexander Cockburn, writing in the November 5, 2007 issue of The Nation:

Line up some of the more notorious Nobel Peace Prize recipients, such
as Kissinger, and if you had to identify the biggest killer of all it was probably Norman Borlaug, one of the architects of the Green
Revolution, which unleashed displacement, malnutrition and death across
the Third World.

Shameful, on so many levels (one of which is that this sentiment drains credibility from the bulk of this article by Cockburn, which attempts to expose Al Gore’s hypocrisy).

(HT: Joe Mann)

By the way, Gregg Easterbrook, in his tribute to Norman Borlaug (from the January 1997 issue of The Atlantic) wrote that

Perhaps more
than anyone else, Borlaug is responsible for the fact that throughout
the postwar era, except in sub-Saharan Africa, global food production
has expanded
faster than the human population, averting the mass starvations that
widely predicted — for example, in the 1967 best seller Famine —
   The form
of agriculture that Borlaug preaches may have prevented a billion

And here’s an earlier entry from here at the Cafe about Dr. Borlaug.