Epicurean Simplicity

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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
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Overview

<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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559636896
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (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
 
Chapter 1. The Journey and the Destination
Chapter 2. Epicurean Simplicity
Chapter 3. Spring
Chapter 4. The Others
Chapter 5. Summer
Chapter 6. Conviviality
Chapter 7. Vocation
Chapter 8. Autumn
Chapter 9. Winter
Chapter 10. Our Common Fate
 
Acknowledgments
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2003

    A Welcome Read, I found myself savouring every page

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is her writing refreshing, daring at times- love her use of unconventional words- and bold, but the places she writes about dear to my heart. I lived for many years in the upper reaches of the lower peninsula of Michigan -the same area- and can relate to many of her struggles with the cold, snow, chopping of wood, shoveling, etc. She has made me pay better attention to the minutest of details and life in the nature that surrounds me. She is a keen observer of anything living and I appreciate her candor when she speaks of feeling more of a kinship with the innocent birds, wasps and frogs than with her fellow human beings. A breath of fresh air...

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