Once before, Norman Borlaug worked here alongside others and developed the strains that would net the Green Revolution after WWII. He is probably the least known hero on the planet among non-ag or science people. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work and millions avoided starvation. Not without problems. But still. Starvation.
As I watch the conference unfold and speak with people from the far reaches of my known world I think a bit about dedication and about connection. Borlaug worked years here, never losing sight of the end goal of feeding the hungry. I spoke with the Indian ambassador to Mexico about cultures connecting over food. I spoke with a Kenyan scientist about farmers raising maize when it’s wheat shoppers want for breakfast in her region. Change, unsurprisingly, is hard.
The students are posting on http://www.muearth.com. Check it out. Tomorrow, there’s a possible Howard Buffett interview and more. I stood in wheat fields and twirled today. There’s problems, so many, but I look around and see a level of dedication that gives hope.