Case Study on Glyphosate

Glyphosate is one of the world’s most widely used herbicides, used in European agriculture to control weeds in a wide range of crops. The substance’s license was recently renewed, causing outrage and controversy due to its assumed connection to carcinogenic effects on humans and animals. Studies have both proven and disproven these carcinogenic effects, calling into question whether the substance should be discontinued until full safety is established.

Taking stock of the precautionary principle since 2000

The precautionary principle is supposed to enable decision-makers to adopt precautionary measures even if scientific uncertainties about environmental and health risks remain. However, opinions about the precautionary principle are divided. To some, it is unscientific and an obstacle to progress. To others, it is a necessary tool to protect human health and the environment.

Citizens meeting in The Hague

The Hague
On June 19, the Rathenau Institute organised a meeting to discuss problems surrounding precaution and innovation with 40 citizens. The meeting led to lively discussions about questions such as: how important is it as a society to be careful with new technologies? Is it possible to be too careful? And who should be held responsible for guaranteeing precaution?