Rachel's Precaution Reporter

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Table of Contents Edition

The Regulatory Box We're in
  The regulatory system boxes us in to a debate about parts per million 
  when we really want to discuss things like better health, a decent 
  future for our children, fairness, and justice. A precautionary
  approach invites discussion of those larger issues.
Scientific Uncertainty Paralyzes the Regulatory System
  We need a precautionary approach because the regulatory system has
  become paralyzed by the search for the holy grail of scientific 
A Precautionary Approach to Land-Use Decisions
  Citizens in San Francisco have begun to use their municipal 
  precautionary principle law in land-use advocacy.
Municipalities Are Taking Precautionary Approaches to Plastics
  Many communities have taken a precautionary approach to the sale of
  plastic products that can create serious problems after they have 
  been discarded.
New Mexico Creates a Precautionary Principle Task Force
  Another unit of government creates a task force to consider 
  precautionary approaches.


  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.

  Rachel's Precaution Reporter is published as often as necessary to
  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

  As you come across stories that illustrate the precautionary 
  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
  please Email them to us at rpr@rachel.org.

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  Tim Montague   -   tim@rachel.org

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