Agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, who is often cited as the father of the “green revolution,” passed away yesterday in Texas at the age of 95. The Iowa-born Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his contributions to high-yield crop varieties that have helped feed millions of people around the world. In addition to winning the Nobel Peace Prize, he was also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Senator Charles Grassley released the following statement following the news of Borlaug’s death, “I am honored to have known Norm Borlaug. He was a remarkable man and a true son of the Iowa soil. A tenacity found through wrestling, a love of the soil and a twist of fate helped Norm develop the scientific breakthroughs to ease malnutrition and famine around the world. Norm Borlaug never forgot his roots, right here in the cornfields of Iowa, and Iowans will never forget him. He will continue to inspire generations of scientists and farmers to innovate and lift those mired in poverty. Barbara and I send our deepest condolences to Norm’s family.”
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