Visionary Science, Ethics, Law and Action in the Public Interest


  1. Racing Towards the Starting Line: The Radical Nature of Precaution


    By Mary O’Brien Presentation for “At the Heart of Primary Prevention: Breast Cancer and the Precautionary Principle.” Sponsored by Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. Boston, Massachusetts, 23 October 1999. It is exciting to come here from Oregon to be with you, because Massachusetts is doing some amazing things that I want to take back home. Your…Read More →

  2. Precautionary Principle FAQs


    Q. What is the precautionary principle?  A. The 1998 Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle summarizes the principle this way: “When an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.” All statements of the Precautionary Principle contain a…Read More →

  3. Pollution is Personal


    By The Massachusetts Precautionary Principle Project Precaution: Our Lives Depend on It Pollution is personal. Chemical pollutants are found in our breast milk and our sperm, our amniotic fluid and our fatty tissue, our blood, bone, and urine. There have been alarming increases in the incidence of certain diseases, and many of them have suspected…Read More →

  4. In Defense of the Precautionary Principle


    To the editor, As representatives of one of the civil society Organizations mentioned in Miller and Conko’s Commentary on the precautionary principle (Nat. Biotechnol. 19, p 302-303, 2001), we would like to respond by clarifying both our position and the current status of the precautionary principle in environmental and public health policy. The precautionary principle…Read More →