Mar. 2018 - The Man Who Fed the World

3/7/18 #AgBookClub Recap

Miss the last #AgBookClub chat? No worries, we’ve compiled a summary of the chat to prepare you for next week!

This week, we kicked off our March read, The Man Who Fed the World, by Leon Hesser. Week 1 covered pages 1 – 66 (chapters 1 – 4), which covered Borlaug’s early life and important steps in his career that eventually led him to oversee wheat research in Mexico.

Below are several responses that we thought summed up the Week 1 chat well, covered themes, or contained thought-provoking questions or comments.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section of this post or on Twitter (clicking the date at the bottom of each tweet will take you directly to that tweet on Twitter’s website). You can see the full conversation by searching “#AgBookClub” on Twitter.

Q1: What’s one thing that’s jumped out at you in this book so far? Liked or disliked?


Q2: What’s one thing you’re teaching yourself – or that you’d like to learn?


Q3: Is Wallace’s statement still true in addressing hunger today?


Q4: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?


Q5: The Rockefeller Foundation set out not just to feed people, but to create self sufficiency. Wouldn’t it have been easier to ship food from non-affected areas? Would it have had the same effect?


Q6: What’s the big (wheat-rust-level) problem facing ag today? Do you think we can science our way out of it?


Join us for Week 2 of our March read, The Man Who Fed the World, on Wednesday, March 14th. We’ll be discussing pages 67 – 104 (chapters 5 – 7). See the reading schedule here. If you’re never participated in AgBookClub before, please jump right in! We’d love to have you join us!

The #AgBookClub Twitter chat takes place Wednesdays at 8pm CST.

Check out what’s coming up on #AgBookClub in 2018. Have a book-lover friend? Invite them to join!


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