Batman, Superman, Norman Borlaug – And Us

HDR Batman Vs. Superman

When the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in theaters across the United States March 25, many viewers will think they’re watching pure fantasy. I will not be one of them.

It’s not that I actually expect to see the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader duking it out in Gotham City any time soon; this is unlikely, in my scientific judgment. It’s because, from what’s already been disclosed about the plot, I believe the movie can be viewed as a parable.

And I’m tempted all the more to frame it that way because of a coincidence of timing: March 25 is also the 102nd anniversary birthday of one of the greatest real heroes of the 20th century – my friend and mentor Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution and one of only seven people ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Let me explain.

According to the advance notices, the new movie begins with Batman and Superman locked in conflict “while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.” I’m sure we’re treated to a few scenes that will radiate delight across the young synapses of the target demographic everywhere.

Then, however, a new threat arrives, “putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.” And Holy Synergism, the two superheroes team up to save the world.

All of which – and here’s my point – makes for a good parallel to what is actually happening in today’s world of agriculture.

On which, it just so happens, the future of human life on Earth depends.

The background to this dramatic statement can easily be explained. Agriculture is currently as divided as the —> Read More