Is it avoidable or just a consequence of our nature to get things done in a hurry? It seems many chemicals do not receive enough long-term study or do not address “collateral damage”.
The scientific literature and history itself is replete with many examples of chemicals which have unwanted consequences in spite of the (presumably) good consequences they deliver. Is it just the nature of Man to want to do what they think is best for them (in the short term) rather than consider the long-term benefit or drawback? It seems that most of these issues arise when commerce is involved. Not that commerce is bad or even a necessary evil but in the race to create a positive bottom line manufacturers, suppliers, and ultimately the consumer rush to use products that maybe haven’t been fully tested – although approved.
Science and technology is reported to greatly outpace the social systems yet there seems to be a lag in the response of science and technology to these problems which are later observed. Why aren’t these things considered? Is it just the nature of things that we can’t conceive all the wanted or unwanted consequences of our actions? Does our hunt for the all mighty dollar cloud our judgment?
Maybe some of these outcomes are unavoidable but certainly there are exceptions to every rule as they say. Every day we learn something new about the environment or medicine or science or technology. Most of these “discoveries” are good for us but some are or may not be. Maybe as the saying goes “Time will tell!”.