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#105 -- Precaution Continues to Spread, 29-Aug-2007

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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #105

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2007...........Printer-friendly version
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Featured stories in this issue...

Governments Duped Over GM Food Crops
"The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) was
set up to guarantee health and environmental standards but is headed
by Dr Sue Meek who formerly promoted biotech based industries. The
OGTR has approved GM crops without regard for the 'precautionary
principle'. This lack of caution is evidenced by the GM contamination
of Australian canola seed."
Ontario Government Adopts Precautionary Principle for Nurses
In Canada, the Ontario government has adopted the "precautionary
principle," providing personal protective equipment for nurses who
face neeedle sticks and infectious diseases.
Ontario Official Calls for Precaution Against Invasive Fungus
Sudden oak death has made Ontario growers much more wary of their
sources of plants, says Michael Celetti, a plant pathologist with the
Ontario Agriculture Ministry. He worries that insufficient rigour
south of the border could allow the pathogen to slip in through the
back door. "What happened to the precautionary principle?" he asks.
Really Stressing the Environment
"Given that we're all swimming in a chemical sea of unknowns, The
Record [newspaper in Stockton, Calif.] could become an advocate for a
precautionary principle that, in the absence of scientific consensus,
the burden of proof falls on those proposing an action or policy that
might cause harm to the public."
Global Warming Threatens the Future of Northern Australia
Professor Jennings said the precautionary principle needed to apply
to any development in the north of Australia, an area known as the Top
End: "We can't take today's rainfall and temperature regime as what
they are likely to be in the future, we have to be aware that things
are changing and those changes may not be in favour of agriculture,"
he said.
Test Chemicals Now or Worry Forever After
In the European Union a new set of regulations -- Reach
(registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals) -- attempts
to gain a handle on the proliferation of untested synthetic chemicals
by applying the precautionary principle: "Better safe than sorry."
Scientific Experts Disagree Over Paper Mill Effluents
In Australia, a member of parliament says approving a paper mill
before completing research on its effluents would violate the
precautionary principle.

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From: EurekaStreet (Richmond, Victoria, Australia), Aug. 23, 2007
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GOVERNMENTS DUPED OVER GM FOOD CROPS

By Charles Rue

[Dr Charles Rue is a Sydney-based priest of the Columban Missionary
Society, and co-ordinator of Columban JPIC (Justice, Peace and the
Integrity of Creation).]

Most Australian states have started reviews of their 2004 GM Acts
which carry a de facto moratorium on growing genetically modified (GM)
crops. The pro-GM lobby has responded with an orchestrated campaign.

Liberal insider Guy Pearce's website, High and Dry, tells how the
Howard government's climate change policies became captive to the
"greenhouse mafia" because of an ideology of neo-liberal economics. A
'GM mafia' has captured the Federal political scene and is pressuring
State GM Reviews.

"In the absence of consumer take-up of its products, selling stocks
has become a biotech industry lifeline", stated The Wall Street
Journal in 2004. In 'Biotech's dismal bottom line: More than $40
billion in losses', it spelt out the immediate GM agenda.

Australian State governments been caught up in a religious type
rapture over biotech promises of silver bullets. They have become
na
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Featured stories in this issue...

Governments Duped Over GM Food Crops
"The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) was
set up to guarantee health and environmental standards but is headed
by Dr Sue Meek who formerly promoted biotech based industries. The
OGTR has approved GM crops without regard for the 'precautionary
principle'. This lack of caution is evidenced by the GM contamination
of Australian canola seed."
Ontario Government Adopts Precautionary Principle for Nurses
In Canada, the Ontario government has adopted the "precautionary
principle," providing personal protective equipment for nurses who
face neeedle sticks and infectious diseases.
Ontario Official Calls for Precaution Against Invasive Fungus
Sudden oak death has made Ontario growers much more wary of their
sources of plants, says Michael Celetti, a plant pathologist with the
Ontario Agriculture Ministry. He worries that insufficient rigour
south of the border could allow the pathogen to slip in through the
back door. "What happened to the precautionary principle?" he asks.
Really Stressing the Environment
"Given that we're all swimming in a chemical sea of unknowns, The
Record [newspaper in Stockton, Calif.] could become an advocate for a
precautionary principle that, in the absence of scientific consensus,
the burden of proof falls on those proposing an action or policy that
might cause harm to the public."
Global Warming Threatens the Future of Northern Australia
Professor Jennings said the precautionary principle needed to apply
to any development in the north of Australia, an area known as the Top
End: "We can't take today's rainfall and temperature regime as what
they are likely to be in the future, we have to be aware that things
are changing and those changes may not be in favour of agriculture,"
he said.
Test Chemicals Now or Worry Forever After
In the European Union a new set of regulations -- Reach
(registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals) -- attempts
to gain a handle on the proliferation of untested synthetic chemicals
by applying the precautionary principle: "Better safe than sorry."
Scientific Experts Disagree Over Paper Mill Effluents
In Australia, a member of parliament says approving a paper mill
before completing research on its effluents would violate the
precautionary principle.

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From: EurekaStreet (Richmond, Victoria, Australia), Aug. 23, 2007
[Printer-friendly version]

GOVERNMENTS DUPED OVER GM FOOD CROPS

By Charles Rue

[Dr Charles Rue is a Sydney-based priest of the Columban Missionary
Society, and co-ordinator of Columban JPIC (Justice, Peace and the
Integrity of Creation).]

Most Australian states have started reviews of their 2004 GM Acts
which carry a de facto moratorium on growing genetically modified (GM)
crops. The pro-GM lobby has responded with an orchestrated campaign.

Liberal insider Guy Pearce's website, High and Dry, tells how the
Howard government's climate change policies became captive to the
"greenhouse mafia" because of an ideology of neo-liberal economics. A
'GM mafia' has captured the Federal political scene and is pressuring
State GM Reviews.

"In the absence of consumer take-up of its products, selling stocks
has become a biotech industry lifeline", stated The Wall Street
Journal in 2004. In 'Biotech's dismal bottom line: More than $40
billion in losses', it spelt out the immediate GM agenda.

Australian State governments been caught up in a religious type
rapture over biotech promises of silver bullets. They have become
na