publication date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 (part of Round XLI)

category: Science

clue: Give a nation some wheat, save a life. Give them new varieties of the plant and modern production techniques, save a billion.

explanation: Borlaug was credited for saving a billion lives with his life's work, introducing high-yield varieties of wheat and modern production methods to food-poor nations. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Aaron Shurtleff, Tony Peters, Ryan Dunn, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, and Elaine Beckland

trivia: This goo was inspired by Borlaug's death a week earlier. After player Samir Mehta and others lamented the lack of media coverage of his passing against movie stars and singers, Scott decided to treat Borlaug like any other celebrity and goo him.


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