Ten fun facts about Lester R. Brown
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He has received over 30 awards, as well as 25 honorary degrees, including the Humanist of the Year and the U.N. Environmental Prize.
While he has co-authored more than 50 books, he is best known for "Who Will Feed China?" and "Plan B", a required reading for freshmen at California State University.
The Washington Post has described Brown as "one of the world's most influential thinkers".
When he was a child, he was raised on a farm where they had no running water or electricity.Fact 5
He obtained a degree in agricultural science, but went back to obtain his master's degree in agricultural economics, since he wanted to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Fact 6
As a boy he ran a small tomato business, which eventually grew to he and his brother selling over 1 million pounds of tomatoes a year.Fact 7
Before earning his degree in 1955, he was only interested in farming. However, after living in India, he developed his interest in global food issues.Fact 8
He established the "Earth Policy Institute", which he had devoted to developing a plan that would save the civilization.Fact 9
In 1986, he was awarded $250,000. This was awarded by the MacArthur Foundation as a 'genius award'.Fact 10
Not only was he awarded the Blue Planet Prize for his contributions to saving the environment, but he was named one of the 50 Great American by 'Marquis Who's Who' in 1995. Click here for more people facts ❯
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