Rachel's Precaution Reporter #18

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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European Union Re-Endorses the Precautionary Principle
  "Where there is scientific uncertainty, implement evaluation
  procedures and take appropriate preventive action in order to avoid
  damage to human health or to the environment."
European Union Bans Phthalates in Toys
  The ban has had mixed reactions. Consumer organisations and NGOs
  are relieved while the toy industry points to a 'misuse of the
  precautionary principle.'
Newborns Have Dangerous Chemicals in Their Blood
  Weil and Mazur aren't alarmists. But they both support the ban-
  first, study-it-later "precautionary principle," adopted in some
  countries in Europe.... In the United States, it's the opposite
  scenario: science has to first prove something is harmful before it is
Can Too Much Safety Be Hazardous?
  "There are at least two reasons why the precautionary principle
  itself, when applied in its extreme, is a hazard, both to our health
  and our high standard of living."


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
  examples of the Precautionary Principle, or Foresight Principle, in
  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
  decisions, to minimize harm. Rachel's Precaution Reporter tries to
  answer such questions as, Why do we need the precautionary
  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

  We often include attacks on the precautionary principle because we  
  believe it is essential for advocates of precaution to know what
  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

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