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Borlaug; The Mild-Mannered Maverick Who Fed a Billion People

Noel Vietmeyer

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ISBN 10: 0615256716 / ISBN 13: 9780615256719
Published by Bracing Books, 2008
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Title: Borlaug; The Mild-Mannered Maverick Who Fed ...

Publisher: Bracing Books

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Children of my generation were constantly pressed to eat everything on their plate. Our mothers seemed to be forever barking: Think of all the starving children in China [or India]! Modern mothers cannot exploit that handy inducement. Despite doubling their populations during the past half-century, China and India grow all the grain their billion-plus populations can eat. BORLAUG; The Mild-Mannered Maverick who Fed a Billion People is a series of books telling why this miraculous transformation almost didn t occur. Without one little-known scientist's charmed career and myriad hairbreadth rescues from professional ruination, China, India and scores of other nations would still be synonymous with famine. And today's world would be much worse off. Great lessons can be learned from this heretofore hidden history. Indeed, this humble man's endeavors provide a blueprint for countering today's resurgence in global hunger. At heart, however, his story highlights the immense power of the human spirit. To that end, it can entertain and inspire everyone, whatever their mission or motivation in life. You see, no one has ever done more to lessen human misery or to increase human happiness than Norman Borlaug. Noel Vietmeyer

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Noel Vietmeyer earned a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California. During a long career at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. he produced over 30 books describing innovations that can benefit Africa, Asia and Latin America. Vietmeyer was also a prolific freelance writer, producing some 200 articles for publications such as National Geographic, Reader s Digest, Smithsonian, Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book, International Wildlife and Ranger Rick. His quarter-century of National Academy of Sciences service was noteworthy for the discovery of tropical crops that were little known to science but that possessed qualities for helping the world's poor nations. It was through this work that Vietmeyer met Norman Borlaug, who graciously agreed to chair several of the review panels the NAS appointed to make the final calls on certain extremely fast-growing trees, nutritious food crops, potentially valuable industrial crops and vegetative environmental supports that stabilize tropical lands. Off and on over the years, the two traveled together, and Borlaug eventually related roughly 300 personal experiences. They included life-and-death adventures as well as coincidences, escapes from financial disaster, squabbles with those who disagreed with his methods (virtually everyone), and farmers who many times came to the rescue just as his program was about to be axed. These stories make up the heart and soul of this multivolume biography of the mild-mannered maverick who fed a billion people.

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