Editorial 20: The example of Norman Borlaug
The reader of the current economic information is carried to an unreal world. The economic crises of the banking, of sovereign debt and currencies (orphan gold standard) fill headlines and are the focus of the meetings of economic and political committees worldwide.
However the news about the increase of the poor in European countries and the food crises in large areas of the world does not deserve almost attention of the creators of public opinion.
To this situation has been reached, among other causes, the rise to power of representatives of pressure groups more interested in spreading the wealth, others create that to create real wealth.
We believe that we must reassess attention on actions such as those in 1970 earned him the Nobel Peace Prize to Norman Borlaug for the social and economic gains of the Green Revolution.
Borlaug's work that began in 1943 in the State of Sonora (Mexico) was a success and wheat production in the country increased from 750 kg per hectare in 1950 to 3,200 kg in the same area in 1970. In the cultivation of wheat became the highest results in the production of cereal in years 1978 to 1980 with a production of 6500 kilograms per hectare on average, in an area of 150,000 hectares in the State of Sonora, and its center is experimenting the Yaqui Valley, Ciudad Obregon (Sonora). For this reason today still Ciudad Obregon and Sonora State are some of the areas of greatest world grain production. The extent of this revolution to other countries such as Argentina, India and China increased global grain production by 250%.
But Borlaug besides stimulating the creation of real wealth had to confront criticism from according to the same: "If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for fifty years, would be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and channels irrigation and became indignant that fashionable elitists from their homes are trying to deny them these things ".
We must finish this editorial with another aphorism defining Borlaug and the Green evolution:
"a change in the right direction, but it has not transformed the world into a utopia."
Hopefully the current global ruling class forget utopias that seek to rule the world from legal prohibitions arguing security fears and is dedicated to the real problems of the people, saving lives (estimated Revolution Borlaug except die hunger to more than 1000 million people) instead of saving economic systems fiction.