Rachel's Precaution Reporter #64

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

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Brescia Declaration on Prevention of the Neurotoxicity of Metals
  A group of eminent scientists has called for worldwide reductions
  in exposure to toxic lead, mercury and manganese. They recommend that
  the U.S. cut its lead standard for children by half.
Scientists Say Pollution Is Harming Children's Brains Worldwide
  Scientists from Holland and the U.S. have identified 202 industrial
  chemicals with the potential to damage the human brain and these
  are likely to be the "tip of a very large iceberg," they say
Chemical Industry Advice on How To Oppose Precaution
  The chemical industry is conducting a worldwide campaign opposing
  the precautionary principle. Here is one of the industry's most recent
  strategy papers.
Chemical Industry Says Exposure To Pesticides Benefits Children
  The chemical industry wants to halt a trend sweeping the
  nation that is reducing children's exposure to chemical pesticides
  in schools. Here is some of the industry's reasoning.


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  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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