Pollinator decline, and more broadly insect decline, has become a pressing societal challenge. Jeroen Pvan der Sluijs, from the RECIPES Consortium, together with Stéphane Foucart and Jérôme Casas just published the editorial in the Insect Science journal: Halting the pollinator crisis requires entomologists
On the 29th of April 2021, the BeeCaution project held its first seminar on the subject of “Neonicotinoids, pollinators and the precautionary principle in the EU and Norway
The RECIPES project started in January 2019 and does not address questions about the relevance and application of the precautionary principle during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
However, several experts involved in the RECIPES project have published their research on the topic:
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.
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.
About the case
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are at the centre stage of a scientific and regulatory controversy. Chemicals shown to have endocrine disrupting effects have mostly been man-made. They were originally engineered so as to produce benefits most importantly – but not exclusively – for industry and agriculture, households and consumers, as well as for medical and personal health care.
In June 2020, a diverse group of stakeholders met online to discuss the challenges of the precautionary principle and share their visions
About the case
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.
In June 2019, four citizens’ meetings were organised in Italy by K&I, under the RECIPES project.