The Nobel Prize of Agriculture Goes to McGovern and Dole

Sen. Charles Grassley says the World Food Prize is to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize.


In the Who Knew? category, we offer the World Food Prize, won this month by former senators and presidential candidates George McGovern and Bob Dole, whose eight-year-old international school feeding program has helped 22 million kids, especially girls. The prize is the brainchild of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, credited for a life of fighting hunger and starting the "green revolution" of expanded farming worldwide with disease-resistant plants. The reason: After winning, Borlaug realized there was no Nobel category for agriculture issues, so he set up his own award, now endowed, that pays a $250,000 prize. It's very likely little known outside the Midwest because it's based in Des Moines. But Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley assures us: "It's to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize."