The mode of development that the worldand Indiahas followed has led to a situation where we are surrounded by numerous hazardous substances in our everyday lives, which affect the health of people, of other living creatures, and of the planet as a whole. Our Toxic World is an effort to shine a keen light on these substances, and suggest alternatives that will allow readers to improve the physical quality of their lives and of their environment.
Our Toxic World takes a series of peeks into the lives of the fictitious Sachdeva family and the people they come in contact with, examines the hazardous substances that affect us in our everyday lives, outlines the effect these materials can have on us, and suggests alternative routes that we can adopt.
Chapter 5: Chemicals: Killer Cocktail
Persistent Organic Pollutants, or POPs, are a group of chemical compounds that are released into the environment predominantly by human activities such as house building and spraying crops with pesticides. They are among the most dangerous pollutants because they are long-lasting, undetectable and yet ubiquitous.
Some POPs are produced for use in pesticides, some for use as industrial chemicals and others as unwanted by-products of combustion or other chemical processes that take place in the presence of chlorine compounds. Today, they are widely present as contaminants in food and the environment in all regions of the world. Humans everywhere carry a POPs ...