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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #21

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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Proposals in 18 States Would Outlaw the Precautionary Principle
  The genetically-engineered-food industry has introduced legislation
  in 18 states to prohibit towns and counties from enacting local laws
  to regulate genetically engineered seeds. The legislation would
  prevent local adoption of the precautionary principle.
Woodbury County, Iowa Takes Economic Precautionary Action
  Woodbury County, Iowa, is taking precautionary action to strengthen
  the local farm economy and reduce the use of toxic chemicals.
British Columbia Will Probably Ban Cosmetic Uses of Pesticides
  In British Columbia, citizens gear up to ban cosmetic uses of
  pesticides on lawns. "We're not asking for the sale of pesticides to
  be banned. We're asking for the restrictions on use, just like
  tobacco." -- Maria Raynolds
A Search for Least-Toxic Alternatives in New Mexico Forests
  In New Mexico, citizens are telling the U.S. Forest Service to
  examine the alternatives for controlling invasive species on 7,300
  acres of national forest land.
N.J. Government Agencies Are Directed to Clean with 'Green'
  Outgoing N.J. Governor Richard Codey has directed all New Jersey
  state agencies to use least-harmful cleaning products -- a big boost
  for small firms making 'green' alternative products.


  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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  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

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