By Sir Gordon Conway
This post originally appeared on Huffington Post.
Dr. Norman Borlaug, "the Father of the Green Revolution" would be turning 100 this week. Influential figures in the fight against hunger gathered in his honour in Mexico, to celebrate his work in wheat improvement that saved more than a billion people worldwide from starvation. Amongst them, Howard G. Buffet and I presented our ideas to continue Dr. Borlaug's legacy, by adjusting its colour.
In my book The Doubly Green Revolution I dissect this great movement, looking not only at its monumental achievement of avoiding famine, but also its costs to the environment. The Green Revolution is criticised for promoting excessive use of fertilisers that can run into waterways and even lead to over-salinisation of farmland and loss of biodiversity.
That is why, building on Borlaug's work, I instead encouraged the audience at the Borlaug100 summit in Mexico to catalyse this "doubly green" revolution; a transformation of the food system that not only boosts yields, but leaves the environment unharmed or even improved.