Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Honors the Man “Who Fed a Billion People” - Dr. Norman Borlaug

September 16, 2009


CHICAGO – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today recognized the significant achievements of Dr. Norman Borlaug, who passed away on September 12.  Dr. Borlaug, a 1970 Nobel Peace Prize recipient for his lifetime work on world hunger, dedicated his scientific efforts to combining agriculture research and technology into practical applications to benefit billions worldwide.

“Dr. Borlaug’s contribution in using biotechnology to help alleviate the spread of famine is a true testament that the food sciences have been and continue to be an important part of feeding the world,” said IFT President Marianne Gillette. “IFT will always look to Dr. Borlaug’s achievements as a goal that food scientists should strive for when advancing any initiative designed to provide safe, nutritious, plentiful and healthful food on a global scale.”

Dr. Borlaug’s vision led to the creation of the World Food Prize, the prestigious award recognizing the achievements of scientists and other individuals that have improved the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The annual World Food Prize focuses on contributions that benefit the world – from food and agriculture science and technology to the social sciences. This distinguished prize recognizes work that spans the entire food supply spectrum.

World Food Prize Council of Advisor member and former IFT President Dr. Al Clausi recalls working with Dr. Borlaug in ushering his vision into a reality. “Dr. Borlaug had a dream of a prize for agriculture and it was with his perseverance and determination that he made it happen. Dr. Borlaug became a dear friend of mine as we cared for this dream and it continues to be an inspiration to me with respect to his passion for solving world food security issues. The World Food Prize remains as a light for all of us to follow in his footsteps.”

IFT expresses gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Borlaug’s work, contribution, and influence in the food science field and wishes sincere condolences to his family.


About IFT
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) exists to advance the science of food. Our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. Founded in 1939, IFT is a nonprofit scientific society with 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of sound science across the food value chain through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy, encouraging the exchange of information, providing both formal and informal educational opportunities, and furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. For additional information, please visit

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Jeannie Houchins, MA, RD