Posts Tagged ‘Innovation’

The “New Normal”: Food in the 21st Century

August 4, 2011 Leave a comment

By Baskut Tuncak

The global food system is broken.  Worldwide, 925 million are undernourished.  The Asia-Pacific region ranks highest in terms of number of people that are hungry and sub-Saharan Africa leads on a percentage basis.  In Niger, for example, one in two children suffers from malnutrition and one in six dies before the age of five.  In July of 2011, the UN declared Somalia’s food crisis a famine, triggered by the country’s worst drought in 60 years, killing tens of thousands of Somalis from malnutrition-related causes and forcing mass exodus to neighboring Kenya.  Aid agencies estimate that 3.7 million people in Somalia and millions more in neighboring Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya are close to starvation.

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Known Unknowns

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

By Baskut Tuncak

Baskut Tuncak, Staff Attorney

In reflecting on his revolutionary achievements, Sir Isaac Newton explained, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  Implicit in this statement is the recognition of information as an essential part of the foundation for technological innovation.

In the 21st century, information has captured the attention of a broad spectrum of actors, namely:  authors (James Gleick), on its historical role; internet powerhouses (Google), as a matter of foreign policy; and even the U.S. Supreme Court (FCC v. AT&T Inc.), with respect to a corporation’s right to privacy.

While the importance of information isn’t exactly a new idea, in the world of chemical policy, the confidentiality of certain types of information can directly affect public health and hinder the innovation of safer alternatives.  Read more…

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