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A Study on Norman Borlaug: an activity for children of all ages. Norman was a man who won many awards and medals for averting famines and feeding billions of people from his accomplishments with wheat. There is controversy surrounding Norman however, in the use of fertilizers and genetically modified wheat, and the use of excess water in growing the wheat, which may have then led to impoverished peasant farmers. To learn more about this controversy, you can read this thought-provoking article found on thegaurdian.com. In this activity, children will learn more about the fortitude, accomplishments and contributions of Norman Borlaug.
- Read the following book:
- The Kid Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews – highly recommended for children ages 4-8. (R)
- Throughout the week memorize John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
- Have your child draw a picture of Norman.
- While drawing, talk about his accomplishments and (with older children) the controversy surrounding Norman: feeding billions of people vs. GMOs and impacting the economics of the small family farm.
- Talk about the butterfly effect – how the the words they say, the decisions they make, the actions they take, little and big, can impact the environment and the lives of many.
- Include ways in which your child can have an impact on the world.
- Consider sponsoring a child in another part of the world through Compassion International or World Vision. To help you make a decision with company to use, consider reading this article. Depending on your area, Compassion International provides a virtual tour, where children can “Experience other cultures, the realities of global poverty, and (see) how you can change the life of a child living half a world away.”
- Have your child draw a picture or write a letter to your sponsored child. Take a picture and include a copy in your garden notebook/journal.
- Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
- Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.