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Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug Hardcover – October 12, 2011
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He was also a prolific freelance writer, producing some 200 articles for publications such as National Geographic, Reader's Digest, Smithsonian, Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book, International Wildlife and Ranger Rick.
Through his National Academy of Sciences service Vietmeyer met Norman Borlaug, the hero of our age and the main reason why the world can feed 7 billion people. Borlaug's life was packed with adventure and drama, and in this book Vietmeyer relates it all. The result is the suspense-filled saga of how we got our daily bread.
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I'd love to go on and on at length, about genetic engineeering and the exciting possibilities for agriculture that it gives us. I was thrilled and delighted with this book, with the earthy characters in it, and the vision of the future it gave me. I grew up with permaculture and intensive gardening methods, just *thinking* about what could be done makes me want to get my hands in dirt. But I will wait a bit, and finish my bookwork. Like the rackety scholar Borlaug was, it's time for me to buckle down and get the thing finished, as his mentor scolded him.
He spent long dusty years toiling in a country not his own, giving poor children and neglected women a chance for jobs and education. He revolutionized the wheat industry. And then, to top it off, he traveled the world to end hunger in India, Pakistan, and beyond. I wish there were more men like this.
This is what the key is… not America stepping in with largesse (at least until we run out of money and patience). But teaching the world to grow their own food. There are, as you read this book, still places who do things the old way, and who react as the old farmers did to Borlaug at first.
I highly recommend the book to anyone interested not in farming, but in culture, population growth, and the future. We are slaves to our stomachs, and Norman Borlaug broke that chain for millions. Why couldn't it be done again? I don't see any reason why not, except…
I would like to have seen an index. I'm an index scanner. I like to know who's there, who's not, and how often they appear or disappear by page number. Perhaps something for a second edition? Its absence is easily overcome with a highlighter and margin notes.
From Iowa to India, Mexico to Pakistan, Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug by Noel Vietmeyer is a worthy original historic account of the early years of what has become known as the "Green Revolution" -- in addition to being a compelling read.
I highly recommend it.
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Growing up on a farm in Iowa, this brought back memories of those years, but really inspired me that anyone can do great things. Great read!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Riveting! An absolutely amazing story about perseverance and ideas winning over bureaucracy and bigotry. And saving a lot of lives... Read morePublished 10 months ago by lars Frick
This should be required reading for all high school students, and adults. A good bit of history, levity, and incredible determination and overcoming odds to save nearly a billion... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Family Farmer
I enjoyed this book. I admit skimming over parts, but it it is a compelling narrative of a man who knew firsthand how backbreaking old fashioned farming was and what he and others... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dave Smith
Not very well written, but fascinating for anyone involved with food production. A great story of hard work and perseverance.Published 21 months ago by Randall Norton