Norman Borlaug was an agronomist and plant breeder who made it his life’s mission to feed starving people in developing countries such as India, Africa, Central and South America, and in the deserts of the southwestern United States. Borlaug hybridized and genetically-engineered wheat and other crops specific to arid climates, and taught the techniques of high-yield agriculture to thousands.
By some estimates, Borlaug is considered to be personally responsible for saving the lives of nearly 2 billion people, and counting. As much as anyone else, he is responsible for food production that outpaces world population. He died in 2009 at the age of 95, and his children released a statement: “We would like his life to be a model for making a difference in the lives of others and to bring about efforts to end human misery for all mankind.” He made a difference. Will you?
From September 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com