A documentary film about Norman Borlaug, the Iowa farm boy who saved over a billion people from starvation. (1:06:47)
Americans have little knowledge of one of their greatest sons. Why do schoolchildren in China, India, Mexico, and Pakistan know the name and work of Nobel Peace Prize winner [His speech] Norman Borlaug
while so few of his countrymen have never heard of him? How did a dirt-poor farm boy from rural Iowa grow up to save a billion people worldwide from starvation and malnutrition and become the father of the Green Revolution? What were the inherited traits and environmental factors that shaped his astonishing journey and led to successes that surprised even him? What can we learn from his life and views that might help the human race survive the next critical century? [more inside]
Lester R. Brown
, of Worldwatch
and the Earth Policy Institute
, has an article in May's Scientific American magazine: "Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?"
In the article he addresses three major food-security threats: increased demand, due to the burgeoning population
and diversion of staples for energy production
; water shortages due to "mining" of fossil aquifers
; and topsoil depletion
as a result of over-farming. The result? Civilization's demise, not through superpower conflict, but through chaos and failed states
. [more inside]
The Industrial Revolution, past and future:
The entire human race is getting rich, at historically unprecedented rates. The economic miracles of East Asia are, of course, atypical in their magnitudes, but economic growth is not the exception in the world today: It is the rule.
Nobel Prize winner Robert Lucas
discusses wealth redistribution and the world economy.