casion of the World Food Prize announcement at State Department headquarters. Dr. Borlaug, if he understood the story correctly, had assumed risk in conducting research based on his own commitment to doing something rather revolutionary, something that might make a dramatic change. So in the history of U.S.–India relations, an enormous change had occurred over the past several years thanks to risk taking. If there was a lesson to be drawn from that, it was that risk taking is a very important element.
The second observation was that since the success of a panel was measured in the questions, this had clearly been an exciting panel. Paying his respects to the panel, he added, also amounted to paying homage to Dr. Wessner and the National Academies for putting this conference together.