Rachel's Precaution Reporter #41

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

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Can Genetically Modified Crops Be Contained? Many Say No.
  Can genetically modified (GMO) crops coexist with normal crops
  without causing genetic contamination? Many people now say No. The
  biotech industry favors global contamination, and once contamination
  occurs, it can't be reversed, so a precautionary approach is the only
  hope for preserving the world's stock of non-GMO crop genes.
European Chemicals Policy Is Driving Innovation Worldwide
  In Europe, the precautionary approach to toxic chemicals in
  electronic devices is driving innovation worldwide. Instead of
  "precautionary principle," you might call it the ingenuity principle.
Proposed Risk Assessment Guidelines Would Snarl Government
  The White House has found a way to bring government regulation to a
  crawl, and perhaps a halt: delay governmental action until a high
  degree of scientific certainty has been achieved in the risk
  assessments that accompany new regulations.
Kaiser Permanente Adopts Comprehensive Chemicals Policy
  In 2005, Kaiser Permanente, the largest U.S. health maintenance
  organization, with headquarters in Oakland, California, adopted the
  precautionary principle to guide its purchase, use and disposal of
Editorial: We Need to Work Together to Conserve Fish
  "As we attempt to preserve habitat, we should follow the
  precautionary principle: Even if science has not yet determined every
  last detail of how a habitat nurtures fish, if we have strong evidence
  that it's essential, we must preserve it."
Opportunity to Offer Precaution Workshop for Scientists
  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has
  issued a "call for workshops" for its National Environmental Public
  Health Conference, Dec. 4-6, 2006. We are told that workshops on the
  precautionary principle would be welcome. Who will step up to the


  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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  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
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