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<p>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.<p>In January 1998, the Science and Environmmental Health Network convened an international group of scientists, researchers, environmentalists, academics, and labor representatives to discuss ways of incorporating the precautionary approach into environmental and public health decision-making. Known as the Wingspread Conference on Implementing the Precautionary Principle, 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. The book:<ul> <li>describes the history, specific content, and scientific and philosophical foundations of the principle of precautionary action <li>explains the functions of the principle in activities as diverse as agriculture and manufacturing <li>explains how to know when precautionary action is needed and who decides what action will (or will not) be taken <li>attempts to show how the burden of proof of environmental harm can be shifted to proponents of a potentially hazardous activity <li>provides specific structures and mechanisms for implementing the precautionary principl.<p></ul> Throughout, contributors focus on the difficult questions of implementation and fundamental change required to support a more precautionary approach to environmental and public health hazards. Among the contributors are David Ozonoff, Nicholas Ashford, Ted Schettler, Robert Costanza, Ken Geiser, Anderw Jordan, and others.<p>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.
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A 30-year veteran of the ecology movement, Mills relates the pleasures as well as the virtues and difficulties of a simpler than average North American life, as she experiences it in the Great Lakes Watershed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559636902
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Mills has been engaged in the ecology movement for more than thirty years, and in 1996 was named by Utne Reader as one of the world's leading visionaries. Her books include Whatever Happened to Ecology? (Sierra Club Books, 1989), In Service of the Wild (Beacon Press, 1995), and Turning Away from Technology (Sierra Club Books, 1997). A prolific writer and speaker on issues of ecology and social change, Mills lives in the Great Lakes Bioregion in the Upper Midwest.

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Table of Contents

Prelude xi
1 The Journey and the Destination 1
2 Epicurean Simplicity 19
3 Spring 41
4 The Others 63
5 Summer 87
6 Conviviality 107
7 Vocation 127
8 Autumn 147
9 Winter 169
10 Our Common Fate 189
Acknowledgments 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    I've become a big, big fan of Stephanie Mills's writing. 'Epicur

    I've become a big, big fan of Stephanie Mills's writing. 'Epicurean Simplicity' is the best of her works that I've read. The section of this book that details her work to rehabilitate her land in Michigan, and her efforts to live in harmony with the surroundings, is great reading and great writing, too.  She offers up heartfelt, intelligent and inspiring thoughts on the modern materialist culture and how it impacts us all. This work seems especially urgent, too, given the ongoing destruction of our natural resources and the role our consumerist obsessions play in it.

    Mills is a thought-provoking activist with a necessary message . . . and it's all beautifully, and compellingly, presented in this work.

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