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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Feed The World

UPDATE: The has voted to honor Dr. Borlaug. Thanks to all who made a difference.

If history has taught us anything, it's that one man in the right place at the right time can make all the difference in the world.

Since I am known for pissing on everything like the proverbial barnyard cat, let me take a moment to acknowledge a true hero: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, father of the "Green Revolution," whose work in boosting crop yields has saved countless lives worldwide (No kidding here: Borlaug has literally saved more lives than anyone in history).

In September, the Senate passed legislation giving Borlaug, America's highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal. Next step: the U.S. House.

I have taken the liberty of drawing up a "letter to my congressman" (partially cut 'n' pasted from an article at Reason.com). I urge you to copy and paste this sucker, then go here for the email addy of your Congressman. Help honor the man who fed the world.

Dear Rep. __________

In September, the Senate passed legislation giving Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Norman Borlaug, America's highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal. In the 1960s, Borlaug's work launched the "Green Revolution" that dramatically boosted crop yields, thus averting massive famines and protecting millions of miles of natural landscape from being plowed down by starving farmers. As the commendation passed by the Senate notes:

Dr. Borlaug has saved more lives than anyother person who has ever lived, and likely has saved more lives in the Islamic world than any other human being in history. Due to a lifetime of work that has led to the saving and preservation of an untold amount of lives, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug is deserving of America’s highest civilian award: the congressional gold medal.

I urge you and all members of the House Of Resentatives to vote to let this 92-year old hero know that his country truly appreciates all his hard work at alleviating suffering and hunger in the world.

Thank you for listening.

Sincerely yours,

James A. Walsh


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