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A report released by CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology).


This paper looks at the history and purpose of the precautionary principle (PP) and examines problems of ambiguity, arbitrary application, and bias against new technologies. Because the publication is especially focused on the need to feed a growing population, the case studies center on agricultural issues such as pesticide use, genetically modified foods, and food irradiation. The authors state that the PP has played an important part in bringing attention to appropriate risk management. If it is applied in its more stringent formulations, however, the PP will suppress innovation, to the detriment of both the economy and human health. Chair:  Gary Marchant, Arizona State University.  IP52, June 2013, 20 pp.

To see the CAST Report on Precautionary Principle click here

Task Force Chair

Gary Marchant

Task Force Author(s)

Linda Abbott
Allan Felsot
Robert Griffin

Task Force Reviewers

Richard Crowder
Leen Hordijk
Andy La Vigne