Food and Agriculture Research: The Key to Feeding a Hungry and Growing World

world2044_v2 (2)The food and agriculture industries are incredibly important parts of the U.S. and world economies. Food and agriculture exports are critical to farm incomes in the United States and in many parts of the developing world. Open markets for agriculture goods are especially critical for importing countries in the developing world as these countries, which for a variety of reasons are not self-sufficient in food production, seek to provide a reliable source of food and nutrition for their citizens. The political and economic stability of most countries depends on a stable supply of food at reasonable prices.Read more »

Posted on October 29, 2014 By International Advisory Council
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Pass the Champagne, Not the Polio

Johnson_Erica_tnImagine my surprise and total delight when I saw that today’s Doodle celebrated the 100th birthday of none other than Dr. Jonas Salk. For those less obsessed with infectious disease than I am, Dr. Salk invented the first polio vaccine – and Americans got vaccinated.

In today’s world of should-I-or-shouldn’t-I, it’s hard to imagine parents lining up around the block to get a new vaccine, but remember the context. Imagine if Ebola struck every summer in the United States. It wasn’t some unimaginable disease, imported from another country one case at a time: it was a disease in our backyards, killing an average of 3,000 children and paralyzing another 21,000.Read more »

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Ebola: Let’s Keep Politics and TV Ratings Out of It

Bill PierceThe Ebola crisis continues, but it is not the disease that is the worry. In order to contract Ebola, you still have to come in direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is infected, and they must be showing signs of the illness to be infectious. To date, the only transmissions that have occurred in the United States happened in the medical staff that treated Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas. The physician in NYC who has come down with the disease did so while volunteering for Doctors Without Borders in West Africa.

The real crisis continues to occur in government communications with the public, in the media – primarily television – and within the political class. Read more »

Posted on October 28, 2014 By Bill Pierce
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How will the Growing Number of No Party Preference Voters in California Affect the State’s Politics?

the next 30For those who watch politics only once every two or four years, it can be easy to not pay much attention to California since the state has become fairly predictable. Californians have voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in every presidential election since 1988, and its current Congressional delegation – the largest in the nation – is 70 percent Democratic.

But despite its perceived status as a Democratic bastion, the percentage of CA voters who are registered with the Democratic Party has actually dropped in the last 20 years, and the same goes for the Republican Party. What’s going on?Read more »

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Stevens’ Five Year Forward View – Will This Finally Make us ‘Fully Engaged’?

Donna CastleChief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens published his much anticipated ‘Five Year Forward View’ this morning, revealing what he considers to be the priorities and challenges facing the National Health Service (NHS).

For those of us with long memories, it will bring the 2002 Wanless Report to mind, in which former NatWest Bank Chief Executive Derek Wanless, at the request of HM Treasury, set out three scenarios for the NHS to 2022:
•solid progress – where people would become more engaged in relation to their health: life expectancy would rise considerably, health status would improve and people would have confidence in the primary care system and use it more appropriately;
•slow uptake – where there would be no change in the level of public engagement: life expectancy would rise by the lowest amount and the health status of the population would remain constant or deteriorate; andRead more »

Posted on October 23, 2014 By
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The Audacity of Hope: a New Start for the Old Continent?

Jean-Claude Juncker is the third Luxembourger to hold the title of President of the European Commission. The first, Gaston Thorn, was so successful in pursuing European integration that he earned the soubriquet ‘Bloody little Gaston’ from UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The second, Jacques Santer, was sacked by the European Parliament for incompetence. Predicting Juncker’s fate in leading a union choking on challenges is a perilous pursuit.Read more »

Posted on October 22, 2014 By
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