The Truth About the Precautionary PrincipleJune 26, 2013
A new publication by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) on the Impact of the Precautionary Principle on Feeding Current and Future Generations revealed that "in many respects the precautionary principle (PP) does more harm than good".
Precautionary pinciple, is a rapid response to stop distribution, or order withdrawal from the market of products which are likely to be hazardous to human, animal or plant health or to protect the environment. The practice of PP delays adoption of biotech crops in some countries.
The authors chaired by Gary Marchant of Arizona University provided information on the following:
1. examples of the PP's failure to offer a credible and reasoned framework for the application of risk management;
2.examples of inconsistencies and suggested that the PP will be increasingly controversial, marginalized, and ignored in the future; and
3. importance of safety and gave credit to the general concept that sparked the PP but indicated it has become unworkable and counterproductive.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Current Yield Trends are not Catching Up with Population Growth
- CGIAR Presents its Research Programs to Donors, External Stakeholders
- Research Project Aims to Double Rice Production in Africa
- Collaborative Research to Increase the Productivity of Yam in Africa
- Brazil's CTNBio Approves New GM Maize
- Scientists Look Closer on Evolution of Plant's Self-fertilization
- Carnegie Institution for Science Releases Genome-Wide Metabolic Complements of Several Cereals
- The Truth About the Precautionary Principle
- Rice Blast Research Reveals How Fungus Invades Plants
- Vietnam Approved Circular to Grant Biosafety Certificate for GMO
- Philippine FDA Reassures Public About Safety of GM Crops
- Farmer Speaks Up about the Stopping of Bt Eggplant Trials
- Owen Patterson: GM Crops Safer than Conventional Crops
- PG Economics: Ukraine Will Benefit from Crop Biotech
- Consumers' Evaluation of Biotechnology in Food Products
- Scientists Track More Detailed Process of Plant's Development
- Scientists Test Gene Flow Potential of GM Camelina to Related Species
Beyond Crop Biotech
- ARS Scientists Develop New Genetic Test for OPP
- Scientists Engineer Silkworms to Produce Glowing Silk Fabric
- 10th Training Course of ICRISAT's Center of Excellence in Genomics
- Leading the Charge Against Herbicide Resistance
Subscribe to CBU: