Norman Borlaug - The Times craps on him
Norman Borlaug saved a billion lives from starvation. But decades on, his farming methods threaten the health of the planet
...Though the Green Revolution has undoubtedly given the world more food, it has brought with it worrying consequences. An investigation into agriculture funded by the World Bank concluded that the benefits have been unevenly distributed.
And that is the fault of politicians and their fellow travellers in Africa preventing farmers taking up modern ideas.
.....Growing annual grain crops such as wheat over lengthy periods inevitably leads to soil damage.....
No - I farm on the open fields of Wiltshire which have never been enclosed for livestock, probably been growing continuous crops for 2000 years, maybe twice as long. The soil has never been in better condition, because it is improved scientifically every year.
But there is another more pressing reason for turning away from Borlaug’s grains and making more use of the world’s neglected grasslands. The shift to industrial grain production has added hugely to the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. ...
For all the high hopes of the 1960s, it is hard to see Borlaug’s system as more than a partial success...
Oh just fuck off, a system saves a billion people from death and the Archer's Agricultural Story Editor knows better so he declares it is only a partial success because of he has some unproven worries about the future and a book to sell. Twat.
As Norman Borlaug said himself: They've never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for 50 years, they'd be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals, and be outraged that fashionable elitists were trying to deny them these things.