I want to take a moment to be thankful for peanuts. They are my breakfast sometimes. They are the perfect way to stave off sugar lows and hunger pains. They are vitamin rich and high in protein and have been shown to help protect against heart disease, alleviate the effects of diabetes, reduce inflammation and protect against colon cancer. And they are in our lives today because of the work of just one man: George Washington Carver. He changed agriculture in the south by encouraging the cultivation of alternate crops like peanuts and sweet potatoes instead of cotton.
He designed a mobile classroom for his course at the Tuskegee Institute’s Agriculture Department, and became famous and admired for his work. He also came up with 105 recipes for peanuts in his agricultural bulletin.
He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.