War and pollution. . . two horsemen of the Apocalypse

Fractured Family TreeWorld War One…

Benefited the chemical industry in general and Monsanto in particular.   More than a quarter of the munitions used in WW1 contained chemical agents.

After the way, the US Government seized ownership of German patents for synthetic chemicals.

Benzene was first isolated from coal tar in 1845 and the chemistry behind synthesizing chlorinate diphenyls from benzene was known as early as 1881 but no company in the US produced the compound commercially in the US until 1929.

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