Norman Borlaug to be enshrined in U.S. Capitol on March 25
The State of Iowa will install a bronze statue of Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., the famous agricultural scientist and humanitarian who saved millions of lives worldwide, in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 25, the centennial anniversary of Dr. Borlaug’s birth.
Borlaug's guiding mission in life was that "Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world" and he worked tirelessly to improve agriculture, nutrition, and the food system for people around the globe. Borlaug founded The World Food Prize in 1986 with the hope that it would come to be seen as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” to recognize and inspire breakthrough achievements in feeding the world. His prodigious achievements earned him the title, “Father of the Green Revolution,” and his statue being installed in the U.S. Capitol will be of great significance to people and farmers everywhere.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders made the announcement today, and Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, along with Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, President of Borlaug’s World Food Prize Foundation, held a press conference to celebrate this momentous occasion and kick off Borlaug Centennial events.
“The unveiling with be a historic event and celebration of Dr. Borlaug’s legacy. His agricultural innovations saved an estimated billion people around the world from hunger and starvation,” Governor Branstad said. “It is a fitting tribute that our state and nation will honor Dr. Borlaug on the 100th anniversary of his birth and on National Agriculture Day.
Dr. Borlaug, a Cresco, Iowa, native, dedicated his life to breeding better varieties of wheat, and working with farmers and politicians alike to improve methods and policies to alleviate hunger and malnutrition worldwide. His achievements earned him the distinction of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor. In all history, only two other Americans have won that trifecta: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Elie Wiesel.
“From our decade of working together, I knew Dr. Borlaug – our state’s and our country’s greatest agricultural scientist – to be the most humble, hard-working and inspiring person I ever encountered,” said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of Borlaug’s World Food Prize Foundation and the Chairman of Iowa’s Borlaug Statue Committee. “At The World Food Prize, his legacy lives on through our annual prize, our Borlaug Dialogue international symposium, and our youth programs including the Borlaug-Ruan International Internships, and now with a new website to honor Dr. Borlaug, we hope to engage thousands of people around the globe to help fight hunger.