Chevy Chase, PETA, NRDC, and ACSH

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Relatively little is known about perfluorinated acids where they are coming from, how they travel, how they get in the human body, or their long-term health effects. "We don't have the data to do more at this point than than to worry," said Dr. Gina Solomon, a physician with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

An apt summary of the default NRDC position on chemicals, in the New York Times, April 15, 2003, in an article with a title that could run in every issue: "EPA Orders Companies to Examine Effects of Chemicals"

A national animal rights group has offered Hamburg [NY] officials $15,000 to change the town's name to Veggieburg. "The town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties of ground-up dead cows," said Joe Haptas, spokesman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Norwich Bulletin/wire reports, April 23, 2003

"I don't want my family to accidentally ingest a pig vaccine when they eat an Oreo, or inadvertently eat a blood clotter when they pour a bowl of Alpha-Bits," [comedian and anti-biotech activist Chevy] Chase said at Kraft's annual shareholders' meeting in East Hanover, N.J.

The Sun-Times, April 23, 2003

"[Precautionary principle advocates want] science to prove a negative, which isn't possible. We should not mistake such advocacy as a good faith effort to protect the environment or public health. It is merely political ideology looking for a new weapon."

ACSH Director Henry Miller on the precautionary principle, in the San Diego Union-Tribune, April 16, 2003