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I should tell you that I talked briefly with Borlaug before his death.Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|July 29, 2021|Freakonomics
Yet even after winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his accomplishments, Borlaug never lost sight of the challenge involved in making agriculture keep up with population, and never considered it solved for good.
“We see this as being probably the first step on the path to heavy-duty-truck electrification,” Borlaug says.
“About 80 to 90% of the substations that we studied were capable of accommodating fleets of up to 100 trucks without requiring significant upgrades,” Borlaug says.
Borlaug is known as the father of the Green Revolution, and was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Alphabet’s New Moonshot Is to Transform How We Grow Food|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|October 14, 2020|Singularity Hub
By the early 1960s, Mexico was growing six times more wheat than it did when Borlaug first arrived.
Borlaug and his associates set out to develop strains of wheat that could resist diseases and pests, and thus improve yields.
Next, Borlaug helped develop more productive and drought-resistant strains of rice that became adapted widely in Asia.
Like Carver, Borlaug then sought to institutionalize his breakthroughs.
Borlaug studied forestry, and then obtained a Ph.D. in plant pathology.