Did fertilizers and pesticides originally come from chemical weapons and explosives?



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    Yes, follwing the end of World War II in 1945, the US faced a big problem; an entire part of its economy, the war department, was now out of business. Fortunately, some clever scientists realized the same chemicals used to make gunpowder and explosives, like Ammonium Nitrate, are also great for making pesticides and fertilizers. Wasting no time, the Green Revolution swept America and soon the same companies that once made bombs, were now selling fertilizers, pesticides, even the seeds farmers needed to start producing food industrially.

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