The Precautionary Principle

September 12, 2019 posted by


In Europe, in order to protect people’s health, authorities can ban certain substances which pose a considerable risk, even if there is no irrefutable proof yet on their
toxicity on human beings. For instance, if in a toxicity study, a substance has
caused heavy damages to organs of rats and
mice but there are still no scientific data on humans….. Would you let children play with it? Therefore, in these conditions, as a
precaution….. in Europe, we have the right to
restrict them, until further studies will prove they are safe. This approach is regulated by law and called the
Precautionary Principle also known as “better safe than sorry”. Some interested parts and lobbists complain that
if there is no scientific evidence of damages on
humans, that, by the way, most of the time will be available
only after a period of use, such chemicals should not be forbidden, the so called Scientific Approach, mainly adopted
outside the European Union. So, well, you got the idea…. From a consumer point of view, while for the Precautionary Principle mice are
good enough, for the Scientific Approach the testing animal … at
the end of the day…. could be YOU! In European Union the Precautionary Principle is
a corner stone of our legal system. However, with free trade agreements like CETA
and TTIP, what is legally sold in CANADA or US, where the Precautionary Principle is not strictly
applied as it is in Europe, will be allowed to enter the European market, with potentially dangerous chemicals, Genetically
Modified Organisms and so on. Less guaranteed will mean cheaper, and this will also make European companies
less competitive, causing job losses. That’s why we must fight these free trade
agreements, and defend what we have. Join us. You can directly ask Members of the European
parliament to vote against CETA using cetacheck! Go to the website www.cetacheck.eu or stop-
ttip.org Europe is YOURS, don’t give her up!

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