Mar. 2018 - The Man Who Fed the World

3/14/18 #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 continued discussing our March book, The Man Who Fed the World, by Leon Hesser. Week 2 covered pages 67 – 104 (chapters 5 – 7).

Below are several responses that we thought summed up the Week 2 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? Likes or dislikes?


Q2: As scientists introduced Borlaug’s wheat varieties in new countries, what stood in their way, and what did they do to overcome?


Q3: Do you agree with Borlaug’s advice? How did it play out for his students?


Q4: Do you think a widespread agricultural shift similar to what Borlaug brought about would work better or worse today than it did in the 60s? What’s different now?


Q5: Is feeding the ever-growing population still the top concern in agriculture today? What, if any, issues take higher priority in your book?


Q6: Borlaug’s wheat required much more in the way of inputs than most farmers were used to. With today’s emphasis on sustainability, would his solution still be considered a huge success in 2018?


Join us for Week 3 of our March read, The Man Who Fed the World, on Wednesday, March 21st. We’ll be discussing pages 105 – 169 (chapters 8 – 13). 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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