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Vale – Norman Borlaug, Food Genetics

Posted on: September 16, 2009


We would hope that the Greens compare their philosophy with that of this great man. Like many of his kind, quiet and unassuming, and whose talents in the field of genetics relating to food have no parallel yet.

America produced a few other quiet achievers related to food. Rockefeller, Henry Ford the Elder, J.P.Morgan, men who never paid themselves a salary but lived well on the dividends from their shares and gave most of it away.

Golden Rice is one program to benefit= developed to cope with acidic tropical soils that deprived children and pregnant women of Vitamin A in paddy rice, a leading cause of blindness. This project was largely funded by Rockefeller and Ford Foundation and further developed at the International Rice Research Institute in Manila.

The Greens have had the opportunity to be relevant by supporting the scientists and the farmers to produce more food on land that we already farm without cutting into the forest habitat instead of childish political stunts that have no substance or relevance.

View Editorial tribute and comment in Stock Journal Sept 15

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