The Precautionary Principle

Don’t get caught in the debate that surrounds us daily about the health impacts of this or that, just choose to simplify and use your own common-sense. The Precautionary Principle teaches us that if we wait until we’re absolutely certain something is not acceptable, we’ve probably waited too long.

A 1998 consensus statement characterized the precautionary principle this way: “when an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically”. The statement went on to list four central components of the principle: taking preventive action in the face of uncertainty; shifting the burden of proof to the proponents of an activity; exploring a wide range of alternatives to possibly harmful actions; and increasing public participation in decision making. – The Precautionary Principle in Environmental Science

Just a reminder: We control the way we shop, and what we shop for and using our common sense will help us make more responsible purchases that will in turn save us time, save us money, save our health, and positively impact our shared world.