Rachel's Precaution Reporter #54

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2006.........Printer-friendly version
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Campaign to Outlaw Precaution for Biotech Crops Fails in Calif.
  In California, a proposed state law lapsed without a Senate vote
  Sept. 2, ending, at least for now, a campaign by agribusiness
  corporations to outlaw a precautionary approach to genetically
  modified crops.
Try This at Home: Is Coca-Cola Violating Precaution in India?
  A reader from India asks whether the Coca-Cola Company has violated
  the precautionary principle, and columnist Carolyn Raffensperger
Climate Change Offers England an Uncomplicated Choice
  In England, the Conservative Party has adopted the precautionary
  principle for global warming: "The argument in favour of taking strong
  action to counter climate change is overwhelming, which is why the
  Conservative party's Quality of Life Policy Group has taken as its
  starting point an assumption that climate change is real enough to
  justify the precautionary principle."
Mayor of Davao City, Philippines: 'We Must Use Precaution'
  "We have to protect first our people and environment," he said,
  using the precautionary principle against the alleged ill effects of
  aerial spraying [of pesticides] on the health of residents and the
  environment near agricultural plantations.


  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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