Father of the 'Green Revolution' to speak at OSU Feb. 18


CORVALLIS - Norman Borlaug, one of few living American winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and father of the "Green Revolution," will speak on agriculture and world hunger at Oregon State University on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Cente r's Austin Auditorium.

Borlaug's talk, "Food Production for Six Billion Homo Sapiens," will be the capstone to an all-day symposium on Feb. 18 honoring retiring OSU wheat breeder Warren Kronstad. The talk is free and open to the public.

A wheat breeder and world traveler, Borlaug is recognized for his work in breeding widely adapted, high-yielding wheat cultivars and production techniques used around the world. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his efforts.

Borlaug has been involved with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico (better known as CIMMYT) for decades as well as other agricultural programs around the world.

He divides his time between CIMMYT, where he is involved in training young scientists from around the world, Texas A&M, where he still teaches classes, and involvement in various world food projects including Sasakawa-Global 2000 in Africa. Borlaug is a well-known spokesperson on the need to resolve issues of world population and hunger.

The public is also welcome to attend a free symposium honoring Kronstad, which will run on Feb. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. The symposium will highlight Kronstad's international programs. Borlaug is scheduled to give a pre sentation at 9:30 a.m. titled "A Historical Perspective of Early International Agricultural Research Programs."

For more information on the symposium, contact Barb Reed at 541-737-5854.