Play it Hard – A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug

The International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) and Biology Fortified have produced a special video tribute to the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, a legendary CIMMYT scientist who developed high-yielding, semi-dwarf wheat that started the Green Revolution which is credited with saving over 1 billion people from starvation. The release of this tribute coincides with The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security, on what would have been the 100th birthday of Dr. Borlaug. His message of increasing food production and the importance of using science in this effort are still important today – perhaps more than ever as the world has over 7 billion people and still growing.

To follow this event, go to www.borlaug100.org, and follow the #borlaug100 hashtag in social media. For more information about CIMMYT, visit www.cimmyt.org.

More information about The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security

The Summit will look back at Borlaug’s legacy as the father of the Green Revolution, which sparked key advances in food production. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through an increased food supply. Borlaug’s wheat varieties were grown in Mexico, Turkey, India and Pakistan, boosting harvests in those countries, avoiding famine in South Asia and sparking widespread adoption of improved crop varieties and farming practices.

In celebration of Dr. Borlaug’s centennial, throughout the year Biology Fortified will produce content — interviews, articles, blog posts, and other interactive features — about wheat and its importance around the world. Biology Fortified will aim to educate about the history and biology of the crop, and spark discussions of critical issues in its future. They will also include videos about how wheat is used in cuisines throughout the world, with recipes that people can try at home.

The video was synthesized by John Boswell of Melodysheep, who produced the popular Symphony of Science video series.

Spread the word!

For the Borlaug Centennial, help spread his message by promoting this video anywhere you can. Feel free to embed the video on your site, plug it on social media, and email your friends. To link directly to the video, you can use:borlaug125

www.tinyurl.com/borlaug100

For more information, see our press release.

Play the video. And play it hard!

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Karl earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at UW-Madison, with a minor in Life Science Communication. His dissertation was on both the genetics of sweet corn and plant genetics outreach. He currently works as a Post Doctoral Research Associate for the USDA in Madison, WI. His favorite produce might just be squash.


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4 comments to Play it Hard – A Tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug

  • TheOldTechnite

    They say saving a life is as if you have saved the world for you not only saved that life but all the lives that will be begotten from and affected by that life. By that measure, Norman Borlaug has saved no less than a galaxy of worlds. Worlds as diverse as every human on earth. We humbly thank you, Norman Borlaug.

  • Eric Bjerregaard

    Mr Technite, Suppose you discovered that my presence here was due to Dr. Borlaug’s efforts. Would you still thank him?

    • theoldtechnite

      Yes, for, in some part, my presence is here due to Dr. Borlaug’s efforts.

      • Eric Bjerregaard

        Good answer. Obviously I was in part jesting and his work had a great positive impact. I see the supposed negative effects as due to misuse of his discoveries, rather than anything he or folks like him did. They are not responsible for the ones who misbehave of their own volition. Very similar to the way the anti-G.E. folks blame bad ag practices on use of g.e. seeds. We need more thoughtful use of new technologies, with long term sel;f interest in mind.

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