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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Visits



Nobel Peace Prize Winner Visits

October 11, 2001--One of America's few living winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, agronomist Dr. Norman Borlaug, will visit the Spring Creek campus of Collin County Community College District in Plano, Texas, on October 30 - 31, 2001. On Tuesday, October 30, he will give an address, which is free and open to the public, at 1:00 p.m. in the John Anthony Theater. This lecture, entitled "Food: Instrument of Human Improvement," will expand on the ideas that have earned him the title "father of the green revolution."

Born in 1914 and raised during the lean days of the American dust bowl, Dr. Borlaug received the Nobel Prize in 1970, according to The Atlantic Monthly, "primarily for his work in reversing the food shortages that haunted India and Pakistan in the 1960s. The form of agriculture that Borlaug preaches may have prevented a billion deaths." The current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan makes his visit all the more timely and important.

"He is an inspiration to our students," said Kay Mizell, director of the Honors Institute. "Dr. Borlaug embodies a lifelong struggle against human misery and abject hunger. We in the Honors Institute seek to share with our students those scholars who are dedicated to the betterment of mankind."

Borlaug's main contribution to agricultural science was the perfection of new type of crop called dwarf spring wheat. Bred on shorter stalks than regular wheat, dwarf wheat expends less energy growing inedible stalks and more on growing edible grain. Thus in 1965, he took his dwarf wheat and his techniques for high-yield farming to war-torn Pakistan and India. By 1974, both countries were self-sufficient in the production of wheat. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in these countries.

In his acceptance speech in Norway, on December 11, 1970, Norman E. Borlaug said, "If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace."

On Wednesday, October 31 from 10:00 - 10:50 he will again be speaking to an honors class in the conference center. The lecture this day, also free and open to the public, will be "Food Availability: Effects on Sociology, Economy, and Politics."

"We are very fortunate to have a man of Dr. Borlaug's stature on our campus," said Cary A. Israel, president of CCCCD. "It is an opportunity for our students, the future leaders of America, to meet with an international leader in environmental science and to discuss with him the concerns of global hunger and over-population."