The Earth one…
Published: September 13, 2009
Indeed, on first seeing the situation in Mexico for himself, Dr. Borlaug reacted with near despair. Mexican soils were depleted, the crops were ravaged by disease, yields were low and the farmers could not feed themselves, much less improve their lot by selling surplus.
“These places I’ve seen have clubbed my mind — they are so poor and depressing,” he wrote to his wife after his first extended sojourn in the country. “I don’t know what we can do to help these people, but we’ve got to do something.” The next few years were ones of toil and privation as Dr. Borlaug and his colleagues, with scant funds or equipment, set to work improving yields in tropical crop varieties.
He spent countless hours hunched over in the blazing Mexican sun as he manipulated tiny wheat blossoms to cross different strains. To speed the work, he set up winter and summer operations in far-flung parts of Mexico, logging thousands of miles over poor roads. He battled illness, forded rivers in flood, dodged mudslides and sometimes slept in tents.
Even though Indian granaries are overflowing now… 5,000 children die each day of malnutrition.
Packing winds of 185 kph (114 mph) near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph, Typhoon Usagi weakened after hitting the Batanes island group, and is moving slowly west-northwest at 19 kph towards southern China, the weather bureau said.
Usagi, which has been labeled a super typhoon, made landfall on Itbayat, the Philippine island closest to Taiwan, toppling communication and power lines, uprooting trees, causing landslides and flooding rice and garlic farms.
Isn’t Usagi = Rabbit in Japanese?
Fave foods: Narwhal, polar bear… Seal stew… WAIT WHAT?
From the book Hungry Planet. This is to raise awareness about how environments and cultures influence the cost and calories of the world’s dinners.
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Two-thirds of the island’s population of about 11,500 people left the island - 4,000 of them travelled to the UK.
Peter Kokelaar, a volcanologist who was on the team assessing the UK’s handling of the crisis, says the "tardiness of the government in making adequate provision for the evacuees in the north did cause considerable hardship”.