Learn more about the Green Revolution
The "Green Revolution" saved millions from starvation in the second half of the 20th century through increased food crop production and the scientific research, education, and training that made that possible. Many of the leaders of the Green Revolution received their graduate education at the University of Minnesota. Professor Elvin C. Stakman of the Department of Plant Pathology was their teacher, intellectual leader, mentor, and friend. The best known of these Minnesota graduates was Norman E. Borlaug (BS 1936, MS 1941, PhD 1942) who in 1970 received the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in producing "miracle semi dwarf wheats." These widely adapted, high-yielding, disease-resistant wheats were the vanguard of the effort to end world hunger.
University of Minnesota holds significant archival collections pertaining to the Green Revolution. Important related collections are available at institutions around the world, including:
- The Borlaug Digital Archive at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Texas A&M University
- The Norman E. Borlaug Papers , Special Collections Department, Iowa State University
- The Rockefeller Foundation Archives
Here are links to a few selected resources focusing on the Minnesota roots of the Green Revolution:
The website of the University of Minnesota's Plant Pathology Department is a rich resource for information on the Green Revolution and the Minnesotans who taught or studied in the department.
The Green Revolution Digitization Project at the University of Minnesota: A Collaborative Model of Support for Preservation and Access (article published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/section?content=a933886451&fulltext=713240928