Rachel's Precaution Reporter #46

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

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Precaution and the Seventh Generation Principle
  In the U.S., the precautionary principle no longer stands alone. It
  is now part of a cluster of ideas that, together, form a new
  philosophy for protecting the natural environment and human
  communities. Some of the other ideas include the public trust
  doctrine, protecting the commons, and most recently the principle
  of Seventh Generation Guardianship.
Clifton, N.J., Takes Precautionary Action, Bans Pesticides in Parks
  The New Jersey Environmental Federation, a statewide coalition, is
  pressing municipal and county governments to minimize (or abandon
  entirely) the use of chemical pesticides in public parks. It's
California's New Precautionary Cosmetics Law
  "Although the new act applies only in California, its effects are
  likely to reverberate nationwide. Consumer advocates predict that
  manufacturers seeking to avoid negative publicity will remove, rather
  than report, suspect ingredients."


  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.

  As you come across stories that illustrate the precautionary 
  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
  please Email them to us at rpr@rachel.org.

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