Rachel's Precaution Reporter #48

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

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Zimbabwe: Africa Should Resist Pressure Over GMOs
  A writer in Zimbabwe offers many reasons why Africa should resist
  pressure from multinational corporations that flood the farming sector
  with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The push for genetically
  modified food is more about corporate control than anything else.
New Resources Are Now Available for Precautionaries
  The BE SAFE Campaign for Precaution has just put some valuable new
  resources and publications on its web site.
Guarding the Commons in Japan
  In Japan, the Bemidji Statement on Seventh Generation Guardianship
  resonates with people who want to protect the commons.
The Power of Precaution
  A Bioneers interview with Carolyn Raffensperger of the Science and
  Environmental Health Network.
A New 'Proactionary Principle' Arises in Opposition to Precaution
  It may sound loopy, but a group of people calling themselves
  'transhumanists' seeks to replace humans with an artificial form of
  life. The group is aggressively opposing the precautionary principle,
  hoping to substitute their own 'proactionary principle.' We dismiss
  them at our peril.


  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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