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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #69

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

Wednesday, December 20, 2006.........Printer-friendly version
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Table of Contents Edition

REACH Chemicals Law Adopted amid Final Controversy
  Here's a good overview of the new European chemicals policy, called
  REACH, and the positions on REACH taken by various groups. Good
  summaries of the new law are available from the European Commission
  and from Greenpeace (here and here).
A Precautionary Approach To Protect Pregnant Women from Chemicals
  "A precautionary approach, which is now beginning to be used in the
  EU, would mean that early indications of a potential for a serious
  toxic effect, such as developmental neurotoxicity, should lead to
  strict regulation, which could be relaxed, should subsequent
  documentation show less harm than anticipated".
Should Precaution Be Applied To Caesarean Births?
  "We have grave concerns about the trend for caesareans," says
  Sakala. "Instead of going full-steam ahead, shouldn't we be calling on
  the precautionary principle?"


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
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  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
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  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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