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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #37

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

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The Precautionary Principle: A View from the Pacific Northwest
  "In a world where perfection -- the weed-free farm, the blemish-
  free apple, the giant strawberry -- has begun to look more scary than
  beautiful, precaution is coming into its own."
The Heart of the Precautionary Principle in Democracy
  "The cornerstones of the precautionary principle -- transparency
  and inclusiveness of decision-making, action in the face of
  uncertainty, and accountability -- are fundamental, not only to the
  practice and science of public health, but also to the success and
  maintenance of democracy." -- Judith Kurland, Harvard School of Public
Human Genes in Your Food?
  The biotech industry is playing a reckless game of Russian roulette
  -- but they've got the gun pointed at the public's heads, not their
  own. If ever there was a technology needing a precautionary approach,
  "biopharming" is it.
The Supreme Court of Thailand Is Poised to Adopt Precaution
  "Mr Apichart said courts may put the burden of proof on defendants
  [in environmental lawsuits] rather than the plaintiffs, as in normal
  law suits. If this practice is adopted, it would be the first time
  Thai courts agree to follow the so-called precautionary principle long
  advocated by environmentalists, who argue it is too much of a burden
  for damaged parties to prove wrongdoing by powerful offenders."


  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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