How did we ever get to the madness of a hazard-based precautionary policy approach? Through those relentless possibilists.
During Pesticide Action Week, I think most of us are tired of their lies and feel-good bullshit!
I came of age during the AIDS crisis – we need to understand how that event has shaped the leaders now in power.
Using precaution as an impulse is like using a broken compass: you’ll never actually know how lost you are. Why precaution does not work for pesticides.
Everyone keeps asking how is it possible? Simple: This is the age we are living in!
Expediency: the “art of making something go away” has become the main political virtue in Brussels. This has allowed contrapreneurs to win on issues.
Given that IARC is about to declare coffee as carcinogenic (again), I think we need to play with the fallacy that, on the basis of a mere hazard assessment, we need to act as risk managers and organise a ban on all coffee products!
Does Europe understand what innovation is? Do we share an entrepreneurial spirit across Europe or are we hidebound by contrapreneurs? Do we need an “Innovation Principle”?
Contrapreneur: One who is risk averse, creates fears and seeks to inhibit innovation
Risk School: Difference between risk-based and hazard -based regulation