To fully understand the complexities and the controversies around the application of the precautionary principle, the RECIPES project conducted nine case studies. The aim was to understand and explain the potential differences in the application depending on the topic and the context. A comparison across the different cases indicates that the application of the precautionary principle had positive effects on innovation and contributed to more responsible pathways.
About the case
In Europe, hundreds of different pesticides are allowed in farming to control fungi (fungicides), weeds (herbicides) and plague insects (insecticides) that may harm the crop. Among them are Neonicotinoid insecticides (in short: neonics) that, due to the risk they pose for the environment and pollinating insects in particular, are regulated through the precautionary principle.
On 4 and May 2020, the RECIPES e-Conference took place.
On May 28, 2019, a citizen meeting was held in Bergen (Norway), where 26 people of different ages and professions met to discuss precaution and innovation in relation to (new) technologies.
Nine months from the beginning of the RECIPES project (REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders), the Consortium convened in Brussels t
How can we ensure that innovative products and solutions are fostered and encouraged when their impacts on human health and the environment are not fully known? The Precautionary Principle (PP) enables authorities to take precautionary measures by means of pre-damage control when scientifically plausible but uncertain that a new technology or product may cause harm.