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Agriculture After Norman Borlaug

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Norman Borlaug (1914-2009), the "father of the Green Revolution" is said to have affected more people's lives than almost any one human in the 20th century, and yet has almost no name recognition. In the 1960s Borlaug successfully led the scientific crusade to breed high yielding wheat, which required prodigious applications of synthetic fertilizers. Tim Crews sets the achievements of Norman Borlaug in context by exploring how humanity managed soil fertility before Borlaug's Green Revolution, and he unfolds some fundamental sustainability challenges humanity faces in Borlaug's wake. Finally, Crews addresses whether organic agriculture can feed the world.