Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Speak on Food Needs for 2025

Nov. 13, 1998

A Nobel Peace Prize winner will talk about meeting food needs in the year 2025 at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in room 226 of Sid Richardson Science Building. Dr. Norman Borlaug's seminar, "Meeting the Food and Fiber Needs of the Year 2025," is being sponsored by the Baylor geology department.

A distinguished professor of international agriculture at Texas A&M University, Dr. Borlaug received the Nobel Prize for his work in reversing food shortages in India and Pakistan in the 1960s. His current research involves introducing high-yield agriculture to Africa.

"Right now we're at six billion," Dr. Borlaug said of the world's population. "By 2025, based on projected similar population growth rates, we may reach 8.3 billion." Feeding that many people will be a challenge since already some 800 million people in the world are considered undernourished, he noted.

"To produce food, we'll need to increase total food production by 155 percent," Dr. Borlaug said. Solution ideas include better food production methods, increased food production per acre and preparation to overcome unforeseen obstacles.

The geology department sponsors guest speakers about once a week. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, call the geology department at 710-2361.

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