Father of the Green Revolution dies

Norman Borlaug – the man who enabled the growth of the globalized world more than any other – has died.

“Borlaug was the Father of the Green Revolution, the dramatic improvement in agricultural productivity that swept the globe in the 1960s. For spearheading this achievement, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.”

Whether you think the Green Revolution was a good thing or not, it is impossible to make the case that the world could have developed as rapidly as it has in the last 40 years without a revolution in agriculture. China would still be spending 50% of its time (as many in India and Africa still do) just trying to meet its daily caloric needs, were it not for the new strains of rice and wheat Borlaug pioneered. The result is a China that has risen from gruesome poverty and overcome crippling political orthodoxy in less than 30 years to become the 4th largest economy in the world. However, such rapid growth creates a system that is anything but systemic. China for all its success is barely-controlled chaos. This is where PassageMaker’s core services – Sourcing Feasibility Studies, Vendor Coordination, Assembly-Inspection-Packaging and Factory Formation – allow our customers to find safe harbor in the storm.