Rare is the map that would label the stretch of Interstate 80 running through Iowa as a “scenic route.” To most drivers, it is a straight, flat, smooth track to test speed limits and challenge radar devices; for many passengers, it is a time to nod off.
But, really, cruising down I-80 in the summer is one of the most wondrous, and paradoxical, drives in the country.
It can be a journey of inspiration, traveling over the rich soil, past the verdant fields of corn and soybeans and all manner of crops and livestock. The drive provides abundant time to admire the work of the state’s farmers, scientists, researchers and advocates who share a hunger-fighting kinship with Norman Borlaug, the Iowan whose leadership of the Green Revolution earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.
But it is also a journey of outrage...
This blog was originally published by the World Food Prize. Read the full piece on their website, here.