Precautionary Nonsense

“For fear that something harmful may possibly arise, do nothing.” This is how Henry Miller and Gregory Conko summarized the precautionary principle, which is worldwide environmentalism’s most consistently-applied weapon against technology and progress. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Miller and Conko say that “[r]adical environmental groups brandishing the precautionary principle have prevailed upon governments in recent decades to assail and intimidate the chemical industry and, more recently, the food industry.” But these groups’ agendas seldom have anything to do with food safety or the public interest: “Most proponents of precautionary regulation are more anti-business and anti-technology than they are pro-safety.”

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