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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #40

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

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Table of Contents Edition

The State of Precautionary Thinking as Seen by Corporate Advisors
  Stratfor, a corporate intelligence service, describes our
  upcoming conference in Baltimore and offers its readers a lengthy
  opinion about the state of precautionary thinking in the U.S.
San Francisco Is Poised to Ban Toxics in Baby Products
  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed an
  ordinance that would ban two particularly nasty chemicals from
  children's toys and feeding products. The second reading is June 6
  and then it's up to Mayor Gavin Newsome to sign or veto the ordinance.
EPA Union Presidents Invoke Precaution to Protect Children
  The presidents of the unions representing scientists and technical
  staff of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have written
  to EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson urging him to adopt a
  precautionary approach to children's exposure to pesticides when
  setting allowable exposures under the the Food Quality Protection Act.
  This is not the same as a blanket endorsement of the precautionary
  principle, but it's a step in the right direction.
Free Trade 'Madness' Threatens Wild Fish Stocks in Scotland
  Since the 1937 Diseases of Fish Act, the import of live salmon into
  the UK [United Kingdom] has been virtually impossible, but this Act is
  now subservient to the EU's [European Union's] overriding founding
  principle of free trade between member states... "It is simply
  unacceptable for free trade dogma and profit motives to take
  precedence over the integrity of the health of our native fish stocks.
  Basic precautionary principles must be upheld."
Precaution in International Environmental Law: A View from India
  "Another new norm of international environment law is the
  precautionary principle. This is basically a duty to foresee and
  assess environmental risks, to warn potential victims of such risks
  and to behave in ways that prevent or mitigate such risks."


  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.

  Rachel's Precaution Reporter is published as often as necessary to
  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

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  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
  please Email them to us at rpr@rachel.org.

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