CHEMICALS AND THE HUMAN SOCIETY: BOON OR BANE

 

N.O. OLARINOYE, N.B. OMODARA, and E.A. ADEKUNBI

ACE, ONDO

Email:nathanielolarinoye@gmail.com

Abstract:
Modern civilization cannot get away from chemicals. It is all around us; in the soil where we grow our food (as fertilizers), in the food we eat(as residual pesticides), in the air we breathe(as pollutants), in the water we drink(as contaminants).
Chemicals form the bedrock in many areas of our lives such as; Information Technology, transportation, medicine, food preservatives, plastic painting, textiles, electrical equipment, heavy machines, etc. There is no sector of human development activity which do not make use of some toxic chemicals either directly or indirectly.
Ironically, these chemicals eventually end up in hazard waste and they have been found to constitute a real threat to our very existence.