Feeding Minds Press Shares Achievements of Norman Borlaug with Next Generation

Newsroom / September 1, 2022

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A new generation of learners can be freshly inspired by Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution,” thanks to the newest title from Feeding Minds Press, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s publishing venture.

“Hero for the Hungry” tells the story of Borlaug, who dedicated his life’s work to ending world hunger. Written by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Sam Kalda, this is the first chapter book from Feeding Minds Press, ideal for middle school readers.

“We’re excited to introduce today’s youth to Norman Borlaug,” said Daniel Meloy, executive director of the Foundation. “With ‘Hero for the Hungry,’ we hope Norman Borlaug’s story of science and true American grit inspires young readers to explore how they too can help solve hunger issues.”

This story follows Borlaug from his humble beginnings on a small farm in Iowa to his groundbreaking innovation that helped feed millions in a time of famine by improving the productivity of wheat, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize.

“Hero for the Hungry” can be used in a variety of classrooms—from a science class studying genetics or an agriculture class covering agronomy to a biographical study in a history or English class.

The book also includes a timeline of events, a call to action, and sidebars with explanations of the science Borlaug used to produce improved wheat varieties. Accompanying free lesson plans are also available for educators, volunteers and parents.  “Hero for the Hungry” is available for purchase directly from Feeding Minds Press as well as via Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

About Feeding Minds Press:

Feeding Minds Press is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The mission of the Foundation is to build awareness and understanding of agriculture through education. The goal of Feeding Minds Press is to publish accurate and engaging books about agriculture that connect readers to where their food comes from and to who grows it.

If you have an interesting and accurate story to tell children about agriculture, please consider submitting a proposal to Feeding Minds Press here:


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