Answer by Michał Stawicki:
Norman Borlaug – THE lives saverHe was a biologist and geneticist who had heard of a problem with wheat in Mexico. A terrible genetic disease was ravaging the wheat crops and Mexico was one catastrophe away from mass starvation. Borlaug worked tirelessly over ten years to solve the wheat problem in Mexico. He had over 6,000 failed attempts at a problem that no one even thought there was a solution for.How’s that for perseverance?But not only did he solve the disease problem, he also increased the yield of the individual wheat plants. Mexico went from barely being able to produce enough wheat for a couple small towns to a major exporter of wheat over the next five years.But Borlaug didn’t stop there. He moved to India and did the same thing. In 1943, four million Indians died in one summer from starvation in Bengal alone. Five years later, Borlaug had at least doubled their yield of wheat.Once Borlaug had saved both Mexico and India, he moved onto rice in China, and then Africa with a variety of other crops.Norman Borlaug has saved more lives than anyone who has ever lived, but you’ve probably never heard of him. And you’ve probably never heard of his work, especially if you live in the United States. He is the only person to ever have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor.Over his career, Borlaug saved a billion lives. A BILLION!!!Those lives were saved because Borlaug saw a problem and set out to fix it, even though no one could even fathom an answer. He took his knowledge and his ability to think outside of the box plus a massive dose of perseverance and saved the world from starvation.——–This is one of the stories from my book ""