A Consumers Bill of Rights Preamble
All persons have a right to an environment which is sufficiently free of controllable contaminants
or pollutants to support their health, growth and well-being. Human activities to assure these
ends increasingly rely on technical and chemical innovations to enhance the manufacture and
production of products and agricultural commodities.
While many of these innovations are deemed necessary for people to achieve comfort, enhanced productivity or
increased goods and products, most carry with them high costs in terms of secondary toxic effects and resultant risks
A case in point is the mass contamination of aquifers and water
service systems in the United States with chlorinated solvents used to assist the manufacture of
metal and machinery parts in the aircraft, industrial, and commercial sectors throughout the last century.
Statement of Concern:
As a condition for well-being, people must be protected from all exposures to toxic substances
capable of impairing human potential. Because of the intrinsic value of each person, such
protections should be afforded preferentially to children, irrespective of the economic benefits
afforded to adults from their use.
During growth and development, even minor body burdens of contaminants like methyl mercury, dioxin, and PCB's can interfere with
normal maturation and developmental processes. Therefore, to ensure the well-being of future
generations, potentially toxic exposures of all peoples to hazardous substances must be
eliminated or strictly limited. To this end, we offer the following declaration:
Whereas, The birthright of realizing maximal human potential requires a toxic-free environment both within and outside the womb; and
Human development is imperiled by trace levels of toxic substances and metals; and
Certain antibiotics interfere with attainment of full mental and physical capacity; and
Toxic substances can compromise health, well-being and normal neurological functioning; and
Exposures to many toxicants are avoidable; and Toxic substances can often be replaced with less potentially harmful
alternatives; and The principles of voluntarism and informed consent pervade human law and
society; and That ethical imperatives require redress of past toxic harms and protection
from new ones.
Therefore, be it resolved that Human beings deserve the maximal protection under the law from
non-consensual exposure to toxic substances; All incipient persons shall be maximally protected from potentially harmful
exposures during embryonic development and post-natal life; Production, manufacture and transport of non-essential toxic substances
shall be minimized to reduce harm; Past exposures to toxic substances shall be adjudicated and rectified to
minimize damage the health and well-being; Where the introduction of a new toxicant or expanded use of one already in
commerce threaten the risk of irreversible or serious damage to health or the environment, the existence of scientific uncertainty about safety shall
be used to limit such introduction or use; Non-consensual exposure to toxic substances shall be strictly
Secondary consequences of the use of intrinsically toxic substances shall remain the responsibility of the original manufacturer or purveyor, in
keeping with the principle of strict liability; No substance shall be introduced into commerce without a full evaluation of
its short- and long-term effects, including those on neurological and immunological development;
Labeling, disclosure and explanation of testing, ingredients or components with potential toxicity in any commercial commodity shall be conveyed
voluntarily and fully without regard to proprietary privileges.