2. The Legislative Proposals

A series of six legislative proposals have been developed to address these critical concerns. While, to varying degrees, some are under consideration in various Parliaments and Congresses world-wide, others appear unprecedented. Additionally, these proposals form an interlocking complex, the whole of which is greater than the sum of its parts.

While primarily directed to cancer and avoidable and involuntary carcinogenic exposures, it should be recognised that the majority of carcinogens also induce other chronic toxic effects - including reproductive, endocrine disruptive, neurotoxic and immunotoxic - for which there are no comparable systematic data on incidence trends, thus limiting correlative analysis. Cancer in effect thus represents a quantifiable paradigm of the adverse public health and environmental impacts of run-away industrial technologies, disinterested or complicit scientific establishments, and a roll-over media, besides a paradigm of failed democratic decision making process. Thus, a reduction of cancer rates per se will most likely be paralleled by a reduction in the incidence of other chronic environmentally-induced diseases.

It should come as no surprise that these legislative proposals are also highly applicable to the potential and poorly predictable untested public health and environmental impacts of unrelated emerging industrial technologies, particularly genetically engineered milk and food production.