Rachel's Precaution Reporter #50

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

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A Precautionary Tale
  "In adopting the precautionary principle, members of the Emeryville
  School District school board chose to assume the role of guardians of
  this generation and those to come. As guardians they are taking steps
  to protect children for the long term."
Illinois Joins 'Pre-school for All' Movement
  All across the U.S., people are taking action to prevent life-long
  problems for children by helping them get a good educational start in
Company's Green Chemistry Program Wins Environmentalists' Praise
  The SC Johnson Company has devised a system for ranking chemicals
  based on their environmental impact, thus giving a boost to green
An Inconvenient Principle
  "Regrettably, the precautionary principle -- a simple, sensible
  concept -- has surreptitiously slipped out of the global-warming
  discussion. It is time for it to be concertedly reinserted into 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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