What is in this article?:
- Saving the lives of one billion people: guest editorial
- Henry Wallace to George Washington Carver
- Norman Borlaug was ninety-one when he was informed that he had personally been responsible for saving the lives of over one billion people.
- Henry Wallace created the research station where Borlaug developed the hybrids.
- George Washington Carver inspired Henry Wallace.
Doug Steele, Director Texas A&M AgriLife Extension College Station, TX
While it is true that most people never see or understand the difference they make, or sometimes only imagine their actions having a tiny effect, every single action a person takes has far reaching consequences.
Norman Borlaug was ninety-one when he was informed that he had personally been responsible for saving the lives of over one billion people.
Norman Borlaug hybridized corn and wheat for arid climates. The Nobel committee, the Fulbright Scholars, and many other experts calculated that all across the world – in Central and South America, Western Africa, across Europe and Asia, throughout the plains of Siberia, and America’s own desert Southwest – Borlaug’s work has saved from famine over one billion people . . . and the number is increasing every day.
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For all the credit he’s received, which was earned and well deserved, maybe Borlaug was not the person who saved the one billion people.
I believe it was probably a man named Henry Wallace, who was vice president of the United States under Roosevelt, during his third term. Henry Wallace was a former secretary of agriculture. As Vice President, he used his power to create a station in Mexico with the sole purpose to somehow hybridize corn and wheat for arid climates, and he hired a young man named Norman Borlaug to run it. So, while Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Prize, it was really
Henry Wallace whose initial act was responsible for saving the one billion lives.
Now that I think about it, maybe it wasn’t Henry Wallace who should’ve gotten the credit; maybe it was George Washington Carver who saved the one billion lives.