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RIP: a real hero

Posted in politcs, rankers, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 13, September 2009 by chockblock

Norman Borlaug, the man who saved more human lives than anyone else in history, has died at age 95. Borlaug was the Father of the Green Revolution, the dramatic improvement in agricultural productivity that swept the globe in the 1960s. For spearheading this achievement, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.
Reason Online

Forget environmental wackos, Al Gore, The “science czar” who wants to sterilize the population. Norman Borlaug did save the world. By helping Inda feed itself, he prevented widespread famine and war.

He insisted that governments pay poor farmers world prices for their grain. At the time, many developing nations–eager to supply cheap food to their urban citizens, who might otherwise rebel–required their farmers to sell into a government concession that paid them less than half of the world market price for their agricultural products. The result, predictably, was hoarding and underproduction. Using his hard-won prestige as a kind of platform, Mr. Borlaug persuaded the governments of Pakistan and India to drop such self-defeating policies.

Communist and leftist groups were trying to use famine and hardship to capture power around the globe. The political reforms of the Green Revolution prevents many a mini-Stalin or Hitler from taking power.

Sadly that makes Borlaug unpopular with the left Most of his critics are leftist whack jobs or elitist snobs.

“some of the environmental lobbyists of the Western nations are the salt of the earth, but many of them are elitists. They’ve never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. They do their lobbying from comfortable office suites in Washington or Brussels. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for fifty years, they’d be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals and be outraged that fashionable elitists back home were trying to deny them these things”– Wikipeida entry on Norman Borlaug

Screw them. Normal Borlaug is a hero, and we should salute such a great man.

H/T Michelle