Events Mark 100th Birthday of One of World’s Most Important, Least-Known Innovators

March 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

    Who: Norman Borlaug is widely credited with saving 1 billion
     lives.  Yet most people - even those alive because of him -
     have never heard of him.

    Known as the father of the "Green Revolution," Borlaug
     pioneered disease-resistant, high-yield strains of wheat
     that dramatically increased food production in Mexico, India,
     Pakistan and other developing nations that were facing mass
     starvation until he came along.

    What:  This week, the agriculture and science communities will
     celebrate what would have been Borlaug's 100th birthday.
     Events in Washington, DC, and Obregon, Mexico, will highlight
     Borlaug's legacy and look ahead to new challenges in feeding
     the world's next billion people.

    When:  Tuesday, March 25

    Where:             Washington, DC: Unveiling of a statue of
                       Borlaug at the U.S. Capitol.

                       Washington, DC: USDA Borlaug Centennial

                       Ciudad Obregon, Mexico:  Borlaug Summit on
                       Wheat for Food Security

    Key Facts:

     Borlaug introduced new wheat varieties in Mexico that led to
      600% increases in crop yield over 20 years.
    Helped Pakistan
      to nearly double wheat production over five years.
      India, South Asian and African countries to dramatically
      increase food production.
    Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize,
      Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal and
      Padma Vibhushan (awarded by the president of India).
      Borlaug's contemporaries are focused on addressing new food
      supply challenges as the population grows from the current
      7.2 billion to a projected 9.6 billion by 2050.
    Tools like
      genetic modification and advanced information technology have

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