A new book from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture teaches children about the life of Norman Borlaug. Micheal Clements shares more on the publication geared toward mid-grade learners.
Clements: Hero for the Hungry is the latest book from Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s publishing venture, Feeding Minds Press. Author of the book, Peggy Thomas, says it shows readers how to use science to solve problems.
Thomas: It's a biography for mid-grade readers, fourth grade to eighth grade, and it's about Norman Borlaug. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for feeding millions of people with his wheat that he had worked for 20 some years breeding, but it could grow anywhere, and it was short, and it could give farmers a lot more grain on less land.
Clements: Thomas hopes the book inspires readers to help the hungry.
Thomas: I hope it inspires them. The environment that Norman Borlaug discovered, that’s still happening. I hope kids and adults kind of take that message and run with it, that they can do something too, because Norman was just an ordinary, curious kid growing up in Iowa.
Clements: She says it’s important that books offer an accurate perspective of agriculture.
Thomas: I really appreciate what Feeding Minds Press is doing because people still have a skewed vision of what farming is all about. And I think that's what's Feeding Minds Press is doing, they're really setting the record straight, starting kids off with an accurate image of the importance of farming.
Clements: The book is available for purchase Thursday, September 1. Micheal Clements, Washington.