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COVER STORY By-elections a trial run for next federal election

SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook bans reflect a lack of impartiality

CANBERRA OBSERVED The gloves are on for by-election proxy bouts

FEDERAL POLITICS Federal ALP platform reads like a radical on a soapbox

ENVIRONMENT 'Climate change' news is fake news

BRITISH HISTORY Abolition of the Corn Laws paved the way for cheap food

LIFE ISSUES A world of competing sorrows: Ireland's abortion referendum

CULTURE The wee folk and their cousins, up and down the scale

WESTERN CIVILISATION Three great anniversaries of the West

FICTION Autumn Alexei's Story

MUSIC ABBA; Unstoppable, ubiquitous

CINEMA Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

BOOK REVIEW Vision for the future, if we want to claim it

BOOK REVIEW Taking to task failed privilege

BOOK REVIEW Where Tolkien and St Thomas agree

LETTERS

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing goes 'boo', Qantas gets in a flap

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The Essential Norman Borlaug

Noel Vietmeyer

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by Noel Vietmeyer

(Bracing Books, 2012)
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ISBN: 9780578095554

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In the late 1960s a sudden surge in wheat and rice caught the world by surprise. Experts had proclaimed that the world could produce no more food, and that continued human population growth signified an inevitable and never-ending global famine.

Behind the unexpected leap in cereal production stood a humble Iowan who had been born half a century earlier with no prospects other than to spend his life growing the food to feed his own family. This book tells the almost miraculous series of events by which Norman Borlaug found his way from obscurity to the pinnacle of humanitarian achievement.

Today Borlaug is shaping up as one of the most important role models for world stability. Back in the 1960s when his seeds hit the international scene, the human population was 3 billion and global food production had flat-lined. Then India, to mention just one example, began planting his seeds and went from producing 12 million tonnes of wheat to over 80 million tonnes per year. Borlaug’s gift powered similar increases in almost a hundred wheat-growing nations. And his seeds are also why India and China no longer have famines, which in turn is why both have become superpowers.

 

About the author

During a long career at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Noel Vietmeyer produced over 30 books describing innovations that can benefit Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was also a prolific freelance writer, producing some 200 articles for publications such as National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book, International Wildlife and Ranger Rick.

Through his National Academy of Sciences service Vietmeyer met Norman Borlaug, the hero of our age and the main reason why the world can feed 7 billion people.


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