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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #19

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2005
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Swiss Voters Approve a Ban on Genetically Modified Crops
  Swiss voters recently approved a 5-year ban on genetically-modified
  crops (GMOs). The Swiss want to know more before they make a final
  decision on the wisdom of releasing GMOs into the environment because
  once GMOs get loose, there's no way to retrieve them. Genetic
  pollution is permanent.
N.Y. Schools Will Start Using 'Green' Cleaning Products
  A new law in New York requires all public schools to begin using
  'green' cleaning products by next September. All state agencies and
  authorities must do the same.
Dell Computer Adopts Precaution for 'Substances of Concern'
  Dell Computer has just adopted a precautionary environmental
Critics of Foresight and Precaution Say Europe Is Anti-Science
  Here once again is our favorite critic of foresight and forecaring,
  Henry Miller of Stanford University. Europe is about to exercise free
  democratic choice and require corporations to provide information
  about the chemicals they make or use. Henry says this is "draconian"
  and "anti-science."


  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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