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Norman Borlaug, Padma Vibhushan winner, dies at 95 – did he help or hurt India’s food supply?

In Business, Economy, Environment, Food/Drink, GM Crops, Health, India, People Making A Difference, Science on September 15, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Agronomist Norman Borlaug died at age 95 this week. He was credited with saving millions of lives through his controversial ‘Green Revolution’ – developing high yield wheat and rice that many said were a direct result of his pioneering work in the field. Borlaug won India’s second highest civilian honor the Padma Vibhushan award. The new India, still with millions starving, is waging another way – against GM crops.

(via Guardian) …. despite the passionate humanitarian zeal that drove much of his work, he certainly had his critics. The criticism was not so much aimed at the man himself, but for the biotech legacy he played such a major role in creating. After all, this was the man who arguably did more than any other to nurture the era of monocrops, GM foods and the intensive use of petrochemical pesticides and fertilisers. He may well have saved a billion people from imminent starvation, but by doing so, say his critics, he also inadvertently helped to plant the seed for future environmental woes.

Agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel peace prize. Photograph Via Guardian: Micheline Pelletier/Sygma/Corb

Agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel peace prize. Photograph Via Guardian: Micheline Pelletier/Sygma/Corb

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