Reactionary vs. Precautionary   1 comment

Control the chemicals being released into our environment!The US government has historically taken a reactionary approach to governing new chemicals and technology. According to this philosophy, companies can put novel products on the market without rigorous safety testing and the government will only step in if problems arise once the goods are being consumed or used.

This is precisely the case with PCBs. Had Monsanto and other manufacturers been forced to properly test these materials before unleashing them on the public, these deadly chemicals would never have been approved. Clearly the reactionary regulatory approach does not serve the greater good or safety of the American public.

So how does it happen? Powerful players in this country have often jumped back and forth between heading corporate giants and serving in governmental agencies. For example, Michael Taylor was Monsanto’s attorney before becoming the the head of FDA policy. Then Taylor returned to Monsanto as vice president. Today he is the food safety czar of the US. When a corporation’s private interests mingle with regulatory agencies, obviously poor choices can result.

So what can we do? Presiding governmental agencies need to be encouraged to take a precautionary stance regarding regulation. This is precisely what the 2008-2009 Presidential Caner Panel called for in their annual report. Chemicals like PCBs need to stay in labs and studied before we are subjected to them. If the government had taken the proactive approach to PCBs to begin with, we wouldn’t be investing in these expensive school cleanups today and many people could have been spared of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Posted September 15, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

One response to “Reactionary vs. Precautionary

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  1. This just makes sense. Why do we let our government operate any other way? We could be saving so many lives!

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