May 28, 2011

'Better Safe Than Sorry' is Bad Science Policy

Jonathan Adler, The American


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It’s better to be safe than sorry. We all accept this as a commonsense maxim. But can it also guide public policy? Advocates of the precautionary principle think so, and argue that formalizing a more “precautionary” approach to public health and environmental protection will better safeguard human well-being and the world around us. If only it were that easy.

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