Ivo Vegter at the Daily Maverick in South Africa writing about Paul Ehrlich, Biology Professor at Stanford University and John Holdren, Science Advisor to the White House - Before climate change, there was the population explosion. Predicting disaster for humanity and environmental doom became the means by which government power could be expanded, even if the record of such prophesies is dismal.
Mitchell Damiels, President of Purdue University, former Governor of Indian - "You have a positive duty" to "contest and refute junk science and false claims." Two or three decades ago we were all told that we would have starved by now. That the world was going to run out of food, there wasn't anything anyone could do about it. There are huge threats, impediments, to our climbing the mountain of feeding a world o nine billion fellow humans, but they are not the ones we've known in the past. The threat this time is internal. It will be a self inflicted wound by anti GMO activists.
John Tjostem, microbiology, botany, professor emeritus of biology - Norman Borlaug’s gift to world’s malnourished was short straw, rust resistant, rapid maturity, high milling quality, wheat that thrives in a wide range of climate conditions and produces fantastic yields. He is a giant among giants. Norman Borlaug is one of just seven people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. The others are Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Elie Wiesel, Muhammad Yunus, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Dr. Borlaug also holds our nations highest award in science. A life size bronze casting of Norman Borlaug stands in our Nation’s Capitol.
John Tjostem, microbiology, botany, professor emeritus of biology - Will our children and grandchildren inherit a world that has adequate food and clean energy resources to offer quality of life? If yes, we must grapple with three thorny issues which threaten to reduce quality of life in the future: 1) Finding abundant clean energy to replace dwindling fossil fuels; 2) Bringing our world’s population down to a long term sustainable level; 3) Slowing climate change.