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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #49

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

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Puerto Rico's Precautionary Principle Law #416 Leads the Way
  In 2004, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico passed an exemplary law
  embodying the precautionary principle. Law 416 shows how precaution
  can go beyond narrow uses, such as municipal purchasing policies and
  control of pesticides, to embody a rich, well-rounded philosophy for
  conducting human affairs in a respectful manner.
Creating a Vision of a Desirable Future -- Toward Tomorrow
  The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of
  Massachusetts, Lowell, has a new project and web site to help us all
  create a common agenda for getting to the kind of world we want. It's
  called Toward Tomorrow.
In Canada, a New Pesticide Law Shifts the Burden of Proof
  The Canadian Minister of Health must now initiate a special review
  of any pesticide that contains active ingredients that have been
  banned by other member nations of the Organization for Economic
  Cooperation and Development (OECD) due to health or environmental
  concerns. During the special review, the burden is on pesticide
  manufacturers to provide evidence that their products are not harmful.
Israel Announces Ban of Chlorypyrifos and Diazinon
  "Taking consideration of conditions in Israel, the existence of
  alternatives for most of these product uses and on the basis of the
  precautionary principle, a decision was taken to stop the marketing of
  pest control products for sanitation which contain these two
  substances [chlorpyrifos and diazinon] beginning on December 31,
Europe Bans 22 Hair Dye Chemicals to Increase Consumer Safety
  The European Commission -- the environmental agency of the European
  Union -- on July 20 banned 22 hair dye substances to increase consumer
New Report: Environmental Risk Management in New Zealand
  In New Zealand, the Treasury has issued a report arguing that the
  precautionary principle needs to be implemented carefully, to get the
  most benefits while minimizing economic disruptions.


  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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