Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
An Explosion of Chemicals
Germany was building a chemical industry that still is the world’s strongest.
The Germans invested heavily in the education of chemists and were focused on how to replicate artificially all the natural materials they couldn’t get easily from within their own borders, including and especially fertilizers.
In 1909, chemist Fritz Haber figured out how to “fix” nitrogen from the air.
The air we breathe is 78% nitrogen.
Pulling it out of the air to put it directly on crops became a national obsession for Germany.
Haber’s work was funded by BASF (a chemical company still operating today).
In partnership with Carl Bosch, he was able to commercialize the process of creating artificial nitrogen fertilizer (which was called the Haber-Bosch process) and start earning money from it.
But nitrogen has purposes other than just fertilizing plants.
Nitric oxide also is a key ingredient in explosives.
A 1950s promotional brochure for the DuPont company notes, “Oddly enough, nitrogen, the element which sustains life in the human population, is just as vital for military explosives.”
Until the introduction of the Haber-Bosch process, explosives came from saltpeter, a naturally occurring form of potassium and sodium nitrate found mainly in Chile.
During World War I, Germany’s enemies blocked them from getting saltpeter from Chile.
The German government subsidized factories to build a chemical substitute using the Haber-Bosch process of producing ammonia, which was then oxidized to make the nitrates essential to synthetic fertilizers . . . and explosives.
After the war, the victorious Allies briefly considered bringing Haber to trial as a war criminal because of his development and oversight of the first military use of poison gas.
But he grew a beard and hid in Switzerland.
Haber later returned to Germany to rebuild the chemical industry and won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of synthetic ammonia in 1918.
American companies like DuPont also made both explosives and artificial fertilizers.
But the Germans still reigned supreme, thanks to their government’s strategy of funding chemistry departments of universities.
DuPont invested both money and time in appropriating trade secrets from the German chemical companies.
Very few government regulations limited the chemical companies’ damaging practices.
In fact, World War I added an element of patriotism to the development of new chemicals and the products made with them.
The great industrialists were all making fortunes, and they controlled the fate of the world with their economic might.
They weren’t about to let a few bugs get in their way.
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