Protecting Public Health and the Environment

By Carolyn Raffensperger (Editor); Joel Tickner (Editor); Wes Jackson (Foreword by)
Island Press, Paperback, 9781559636889, 411pp.

Publication Date: June 1999

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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. This idea, known as the "Precautionary Principle", is seen by environmentalists and public health experts as the key to protecting ecological and human health.

In 1998, the Wingspread Conference on Implementing the Precautionary Principle was convened to discuss ways of incorporating the precautionary approach into environmental and public health decision-making. The workshop focused on understanding the contexts under which the principle developed, its basis, and how it could be implemented. Protecting Public Health and the Environment is an outgrowth of that conference.

Public health professionals and academics, policymakers, environmental lawyers, sustainable agriculture proponents, economists, and environmental activists will find the book an enlightening and thought-provoking guide to a new way of thinking about ecosystem and public health protection.

About the Author
Raffensperger is coordinator for the Science and Environmental Health Network.

Tickner is research associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and has served as advisor to numerous environmental organizations.

Bill Vitek is associate professor of philosophy at Clarkson University. He is the author of several books, including "Promising, Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place "and "Applying Philosophy,"

Wes Jackson is the president of the Land Institute and former professor at Kansas Wesleyan and California State universities. He is the author of several books, including "Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place," "Becoming Native to This Place," and "Altars of an Unhewn Stone,"

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