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NDSU Science Cafe to examine achievements of 'man who fed the world'

Posted on 10/27/2015

NDSU's next Science Café will discuss the many contributions of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Norman Borlaug.

David S. Buchanan, professor of animal sciences and associate dean for academic programs in the NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, is scheduled to present "Norman Borlaug: The Man Who Fed the World" Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Stoker's Basement, Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo.

According to Buchanan, Borlaug may have saved millions of lives, but he remains largely unknown to the American public.

Borlaug was born in Iowa and educated at the University of Minnesota. He then went to Mexico to work on improving wheat. His efforts changed Mexico from being grain-deficient in the mid-1940s to becoming a wheat exporter by 1963.

His procedures were later applied in India and Pakistan, where many people had predicted mass starvation during the 1960s. By 1974, both countries became self-sufficient in the production and use of small grains.

Former President Jimmy Carter said, "Norman Borlaug's moral fortitude, his strength, his dedication to the world's poorest people and his scientific brilliance were just a few of the reasons why he has been a hero of mine."

Buchanan, who joined the NDSU faculty in 2007, earned a bachelor's degree at NDSU, master's degree in animal science and doctorate in animal breeding and genetics from the University of Nebraska.

Attendees must be 21 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Diane Goede at or 701-231-7412.

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