Dr. Norman Borlaug with Julie Borlaug, Dr. Ronnie Coffman, and Dr. Ed Runge


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Dr. Norman Borlaug was an American agronomist who specialized in wheat breeding. Known as the Father of the Green Revolution, he helped other hunger fighters save hundreds of thousands of lives in Mexico, India, Pakistan, and other countries throughout his long and varied career. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 and founded the World Food Prize to celebrate other food fighters worldwide. This episode we speak with his granddaughter and colleague Julie Borlaug and fellow colleagues Dr. Ronnie Coffman and Dr. Ed Runge to discuss the “Man who Fed the World.”

Listen to learn:

  • What are the three major improvements Dr. Borlaug contributed to wheat breeding
  • What role sports played in Dr. Borlaug’s life
  • What was the Green Revolution
  • What obstacles still remain in the realm of hunger fighting

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If you would like to reach out to Julie, you can find her here: julie@inari.com https://twitter.com/JulieBorlaug https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-borlaug-3b7b6710/

If you would like to reach out to Ronnie, you can find him here: wrc2@cornell.edu

If you would like to reach out to Ed, you can find him here: e-runge@tamu.edu


CEU Quiz: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/education/classroom/classes/873

Leon Hesser’s book, The Man Who Fed the World: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/man-who-fed-the-world-leon-hesser/1100451132

Roger Thurow’s book, The Last Hunger Season: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-last-hunger-season-roger-thurow/1110792507

Roger Thurow’s book, Enough: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/enough-roger-thurow/1116903601?ean=9781586488185

Noel Veitmeyer’s book, Our Daily Bread: https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Bread-Essential-Norman-Borlaug/dp/0578095556

Charles C. Mann’s book, The Wizard and The Prophet: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wizard-and-the-prophet-charles-c-mann/1126242716?ean=9780345802842

PBS Special, The Man Who Tried to Feed the World: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/man-who-tried-to-feed-the-world/

Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation: https://www.normanborlaug.org/

Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture: https://borlaug.tamu.edu/

Borlaug Global Rust Initiative: https://www.globalrust.org/

Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Twitter: @globalrust, https://twitter.com/globalrust

Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Facebook: @globalrust: https://www.facebook.com/globalrust

World Food Prize: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/

The Rockefeller Foundation: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/

University of Minnesota: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/

Texas A&M University: https://www.tamu.edu/

Cornell Global Development Department Twitter: @CornellGlobal, https://twitter.com/CornellGlobal

Cornell Global Development Department Facebook: @CornellGlobal, https://www.facebook.com/CornellGlobalDevelopment/

Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: https://cals.cornell.edu/

Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Twitter: @CornellCALS, https://twitter.com/CornellCALS

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Cornell University: https://www.cornell.edu/

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Iowa State University: https://www.iastate.edu/

CIMMYT: https://www.cimmyt.org/

USDA: https://www.usda.gov/

Alliance for Science: https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/

Global Youth Institute: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/en/youth_programs/global_youth_institute/

World Food Program: https://www.wfpusa.org/

World Food Programme: https://www.wfp.org/

Peace Corps: https://www.peacecorps.gov/

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: https://www.gatesfoundation.org/

Alliance to End Hunger: https://alliancetoendhunger.org/

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