Seven Reasons the EU’s Use of the Precautionary Principle is Misguided

The Risk-Monger

This blog was originally published on 7 February 2011 and is part of the uploading to the new blog site. The original title was “What is wrong with the Precautionary Principle?” and includes a long comment with an excerpt from an article I published many years ago In the last six and a half years, nothing has changed in the EU process to alleviate my earlier concerns … to the contrary, the precautionary principle has become even more misused by activist opportunists.

This is the first of a two-part blog – in a few days, I will suggest a viable policy alternative to precaution.

The EU’s use of the precautionary principle has become counter-productive – a tool manipulated by cunning political interests resulting in increased environmental-health risks. Its very raison d’être, to restore trust in science, has been turned on its head by activists and functionaries in the European Environment Agency…

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