The Precautionary Principle means simply when credible evidence exists that a synthetic chemical is known to result in unintended harmful outcomes to human health, and the presence of such a chemical is found where it does not belong, such as in human bodies, our regulatory agencies must use the Precautionary Principle as an approach to children health, which eliminates potential hazards rather than accepting a level of harm.
The Precautionary Principle means that chemical companies will be required to prove that their products will have no adverse effect on children health before the chemical is approved for use by the EPA.
Precautionary Principle Resolutions have been passed by San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, two counties in California, and Sarasota County, Florida.
The Advocating of the Precautionary Principle can be the beginning of a Human Rights Environmental Movement because in truth what we need is a constitutional amendment making the Precautionary Principle the human right of all our children.
And the process is beginning. With the publication of the 2010 Presidents Cancer Panel Study by the National Cancer Institute, the EPA has published a strategic draft where the EPA will evaluate by 2015, all chemicals for endocrine disrupting properties and then will remove problem chemicals from the general population.
The Presidents Cancer Report links environmental toxin exposure to childhood disease such as cancer and endocrine disruption, and states that “such disease may be preventable with appropriate national action.”
Furthermore, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has unveiled a Strategic Plan is called, “Advancing Science, Improving Health: A Plan for Environmental Health Research,”
With this strategic plan, the NIH is moving beyond the antiquated idea that the dose makes the poison. The newest research clearly shows that biology is affected by low doses of chemicals, often within the range of general population exposure, and that these biological changes can be harmful, especially during periods of development.
Our youngest generation is the unhealthiest in our history. One in 88 American children now suffers from autism, allergies, ADHD or asthma. Our daughters are reaching puberty years ahead of the previous generations.
Why? What is different in today’s world than prior decades? The answer is just two words: toxic exposure.
This daily barrage of chemicals makes individual awareness and good choices imperative. We can choose which foods, cosmetics, cleaning and household supplies we allow into our homes.However, there is an enormous difference between making bad choices for ourselves and the choices that are being made for us. How can we protect our children? These little ones are not little Democrats or little Republicans, they are children who are utterly dependant on us to make the right decisions for their future.
And there are millions of people all over the world volunteering time and speaking out. The era of apathy and complacency has ended. We need to reclaim democracy, to unite, to build bridges, to focus on our similarities instead of our differences.
Dr Philip Landrigan is right when he says, “Our children are 30 percent of our population, but they are 100 percent of our future. They deserve our protection.” We have work to do. Let’s join hands and we can do this—together!
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