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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #31

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

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Reenergizing Public Health Through Precaution
  For more than 100 years the main goal of public health has been to
  prevent disease and injury, and to foster conditions in which people
  can be healthy. Unfortunately, in 1970, the U.S. chose to create a new
  bureaucracy to "protect the environment" -- thus dividing
  "environmentalists" from the public health community. Now
  environmentalists are adopting the goal of preventing harm, so perhaps
  the artificial barrier between environmental protection and public
  health can disappear, natural allies can find each other, and new
  partnerships can blossom.
300 Cosmetics and Body Care Companies Pledge Safer Products
  More than 300 private manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care
  products have signed a pledge to avoid the use of certain chemicals,
  and to engage in a constant search for safer alternatives.
Nations Call for Global Moratorium On Genetically Engineered Trees
  At an international conference on the United Nations Convention on
  Biodiversity (CBD), delegates from around the world called for a
  moratorium on the release of genetically engineered trees.
Tony Blair Invokes Precaution for Global Warming Treaty
  "If we operate on anything like the precautionary principle, you
  have to say that the science [of global warming] is sufficiently clear
  and, in my view, is pretty much certain that it would be deeply
  irresponsible not to take action." -- British Prime Minister Tony


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  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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