Citizen’s for Safe Technology recently posted the document, Late Lessons From Early Warnings – the precautionary principle 1896-2000 in it’s entirety.
An approach to learning from history
Preface: To know and not to know? To act or not to act . . .?
Fisheries: taking stock Radiation: early warnings; late effects Asbestos: from ‘magic’ to malevolent mineral Benzene: an historical perspective on the American and European occupational setting PCB’s and the precautionary principle Halocarbons, the ozone layer and the precautionary principle MTBE in petrol as a substitute for lead
The DES story: long-term consequences of pre-natal exposure Antimicrobials as growth promoters: resistance to common sense Sulphur dioxide: from protection of human lungs to remote lake restoration Tributyltin (TBT) antifoulants: a tale of ships, snails and imposex Hormones as growth promoters: the precautionary principle or a political risk assessment? The precautionary principle and early warnings of chemical contamination of the Great Lakes ‘Mad cow disease’ 1980s-2000: how reassurances undermined precaution
It’s definitely worth jumping over to the Citizen’s for Safe Technology site to read the entire article. Why is it that we continue to ignore the evidence and warnings at the expense of health and safety. Let’s hope we, as a population, start listening to early warnings sooner rather than later as we’ve done in the past and in addition to listening to these warnings that we start demanding that our official health officers start protecting people rather than corporate interests.