History of Pesticides

Did You Know?

While pesticides had existed for centuries, World Wars I and II served as a watershed for the modern agrochemical industry.

Chemicals and technologies developed for warfare, were later focused on the farm.

  • 1922 – Crop dusting on cotton began.
  • 1939 – Insecticidal properties of DDT were discovered by Paul Muller.
  • 1943 – Organo phosphorous insecticide Parathion was synthesized.