Use and Misuse of Science in Regulating Chemicals: Unintended Consequences for Developing Countries
by Prasanna Srinivasan, Roger Bate and Dr. Henry I. Miller
December 12, 2003
The panel discussed banning the use of certain chemicals by developing countries based on the inappropriate use of scientific information and the consequences of those decisions for their populations. Participants included:
· Prasanna Srinivasan of Business Environment Assessments and author of several papers on the business and economic impact of global environmental regulation on developing countries like India;
· Roger Bate of the health advocacy group Africa Fighting Malaria and author of several papers about the affect of risk analysis on decision making and its influence on policies in developing countries, including detailed examination of the consequences of the ban on DDT in the developing world; and
· Henry Miller of the Hoover Institution and the author of several books and papers examining the costs of regulating science and technology, covering such issues as biotechnology and the use of genetically modified foods.
The text of the study is available here.