Precautionary Principle

An approach to determining whether a given process or policy should be pursued or continued based on an analysis of the social, economic, or environmental risks associated with that activity. Not all risks are known when a new practice is introduced or a current one is re-examined, and the ethical approach in light of implied or expected (but not confirmed) negative impacts is to stop such practices as a precaution until more is known about the impacts.
The Precautionary Principle has been used in many health and environment-related issues, such as food safety, industrial manufacturing, product recalls, and the approval or recall of pharmaceuticals.


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  1. […] never met them, it’s pretty harsh to start throwing accustaions like that. 5. You think the precautionary principle is AOK, except when it’s applied against you. Then it becomes a matter of principles. […]

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