Abbott, Linda

Impact of the Precautionary Principle on Feeding Current and Future Generations
Category: Abbott, Linda
June, 2013

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 (IP 52) 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.