Rachel's Precaution Reporter #44

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

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New Nano-headache?
  "A study of ultrafine particles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) -- used
  in manufacturing, personal care and food products, and as drug
  carriers -- indicates that even low concentrations can produce harmful
  'free radicals' in brain cells. The findings underscore the need to
  learn more about how such tiny particles interact with living tissues,
  the researchers say." Heeding early warnings is an essential part of
  precautionary action.
Science's Tiny, Big Unknown
  Some advocates for nanotechnology are saying a precautionary
  approach can inspire public confidence in the people selling this new
  technology. They say a precautionary approach will lead to public
  acceptance of nano products. In this case, is precaution a new way to
  make decisions or is it just a marketing ploy by nano-hucksters who
  have already concluded nano products are safe? Listen to their
Precaution Guides Ocean Fisheries Policy in New Zealand
  The New Zealand Conservation Commission in late 2000 adopted
  precaution as a guideline for managing ocean fisheries.
Researchers Confirm Toxic Lead Is Linked to Crime
  Evidence continues to accumulate linking toxic metals to
  aggression, violence, and poor social control. Added to that are
  diminished IQ and the frustrations of doing poorly in school. The
  conclusion seems inescapable that a truly preventive approach to
  childhood exposures to toxic lead could avoid prison for some young
Canada Tries to Limit Exposures to Non-stick Chemicals
  The Canadian government has concluded that non-stick chemicals are
  dangerous and should be banned. But corporations like DuPont have the
  upper hand and will not allow Canada to fully carry out the
  precautionary approach it would prefer to take. "Ottawa plans to
  negotiate a deal with the industry to cut emissions."


  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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