Rachel's Precaution Reporter #16

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Table of Contents Edition

A Precautionary Approach to Municipal Trash: Zero Waste
  At its core, the foresight/precautionary principle says, "Take action
  to prevent harm." If you apply foresight to the problem of municipal 
  trash, you get "zero waste" -- preventing many of the problems of 
  municipal trash by viewing it as a resource, not something to be 
Clearing the Way for Zero Waste
  Here's some background on zero waste, as it looked in 2001. Be sure 
  to note the "policies needed to support zero waste" in this article.
Where to Learn More About Zero Waste
  Here is a short list of resources you and your local officials can 
  tap to learn more about the "zero waste" approach to municipal 
More Background on the Precautionary Approach to Trash
  Here's another good overview of the "zero waste" approach to 
  municipal trash, written in 2001 by Jim Motavalli, the prolific 
  editor of E-Magazine.
Europe Compromises Again on Its REACH Chemicals Policy
  This week, Europe's precautionary chemicals policy, called REACH,
  took another important step toward becoming law, but it got watered 
  down further along the way, demonstrating the enormous unaccountable 
  power of the chemical industry worldwide. Can elected national 
  governments control corporations? That's what's at stake here.


  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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