Definition of precautionary principle in English:
The principle that the introduction of a new product or process whose ultimate effects are disputed or unknown should be resisted. It has mainly been used to prohibit the importation of genetically modified organisms and food.
- In effect the precautionary principle asks of science what it cannot provide - a god-like omniscience.
- A balanced approach would be to abide by the precautionary principle, to foster organic agriculture and to prohibit the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and parks.
- Nations must have the right to exercise the precautionary principle and restrict the import of foods that may threaten their citizens' health.
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