100 years ago, Norman Borlaug was born. An American scientist and researcher, Borlaug won the Noble Peace Prize in 1970 for his lifetime of work aimed at feeding the hungry through advancements in agriculture. Today, dubbed AgDay in the U.S., Borlaug will be honoured with a statue unveiled in the nation’s capitol, and research organizations from around the world will Tweet, share and promote not just Borlaug’s achievements, but also his lasting legacy in the agriculture industry.
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Borlaug’s impact on modern agriculture cannot be over-stated. Part of his push for advancing agriculture culminated in the World Food Prize, founded in 1986. The annual $250,000 award was and is designed to “both highlight and inspire breakthrough achievements in improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world.” The award is now named the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.”
For AgDay2014, we put it to you — what are you doing today to advance agriculture, to feed more people on less land? Comment below, or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #AgDay2014 and #Borlaug100 to join the conversation!
— U.S. Capitol (@uscapitol) March 25, 2014