Science and the precautionary principle

  • Foster K
  • Vecchia P
  • Repacholi M
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Abstract

Few policies for risk management have created as much controversy as the Precautionary Principle. Emerging in European environmental policies in the late 1970s the principle has become enshrined in numerous international treaties. It is, by the Treaty on European Union (1992), the basis for European environmental law, and plays an increasing role in developing environmental health policies as well. Despite its seemingly widespread political support, the Precautionary Principle has engendered endless controversy, in part because critics have interpreted "precautionary" decisions as veiled forms of trade protection

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Authors

  • Kenneth R. Foster

  • Paolo Vecchia

  • Michael H. Repacholi

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