Rachel's Precaution Reporter #63

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

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Advancing Precaution in Georgia: Micah's Mission
  "In Georgia, government officials continue to calculate and approve
  allowable levels of pollution, even for substances such as TCE that
  probably cause cancer and numerous other serious health impacts. But
  community activists have taken the precautionary principle into their
  own hands, and they are on the verge of success."
Physicians Demand Precaution in Europe's New Chemicals Policy
  The leading British medical journal 'The Lancet' calls for the EU's
  draft REACH regulation to protect unborn children against possible
  brain-development disorders caused by industrial chemicals.
Exposure To Chemicals May Harm Young Brains
  Researchers warn that the developing brain is more susceptible to
  the effects of toxic chemicals than an adult brain and any
  interference could have permanent consequences. They call for a
  precautionary approach and say strict regulations should be enforced
  for any substance which is shown to have a toxic effect.
Green Chemistry on the Legislative Agenda in California
  Green chemistry is advancing in California -- perhaps even in the
The Green Commissioner and the Hog Lot
  In Winona, Minnesota, the local Chamber of Commerce was very much
  in favor of expanded hog "production" for "jobs". They discounted the
  arguments of the organic inspector -- including the idea of the
  precautionary principle. They urged the citizens to only consider the
  animal confinement operation as a source of beneficial fertilizer. As
  for those incredibly noxious fumes, well that would be just a small
  price for prosperity.


  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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