Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Prof. Norman Borlaug died earlier this week. In the early '60s, Borlaug created a genetically modified strain of wheat that grew with a shorter stem, freeing up energy to produce larger heads of grain. This short-stem wheat contributed to the doubling of food production worldwide in the thirty years after it was introduced and saved the lives of hundreds of millions of people who would otherwise have starved to death. For his efforts, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Short-stem wheat doesn't occur anywhere in nature. It's a product of scientific tinkering and a humanist desire to make life for human beings better than nature would otherwise allow. If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of morons who believes no one should produce genetically modified crops, please take this opportunity to go fuck yourself. More details here. And thanks to Adonaj for the link.

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