Rockefeller Foundation Statement on the Death of Norman Borlaug

Sep 13, 2009, 16:31 ET from The Rockefeller Foundation

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation family was heartbroken to learn of Norman Borlaug's passing.

This Nobel laureate and valued colleague of 39 years was a force beyond measure, mobilizing a Green Revolution that saved a billion lives and counting.

During his career, Norman and his Rockefeller Foundation colleagues bred and disseminated seeds that now sprout in the gardens and farms of half the earth's people. The world is more peaceful and humane as a consequence.

We will all desperately miss his wisdom, counsel, and leadership. His life and legacy remain our inspiration. His vital work continues.

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