Norman Borlaug has died. It\’s said variously that 250 million people have been saved from death by his life\’s work or that 1 billion people have been saved from starvation.
By Mr. Toenniessen’s calculation, about half the world’s population goes to bed every night after consuming grain descended from one of the high-yield varieties developed by Dr. Borlaug and his colleagues of the Green Revolution.
I\’m not sure that anyone, ever, has had that effect on the world nor that anyone, ever, will again.
Certainly that\’s one bloody marvellous memorial to leave behind.
If there\’s something good that comes after this life other than eternal rest then there\’s one candidate for the front of the queue for it. One of the few who needs not our prayers but definitely deserves our thanks.