When were pesticides first used?

As you may know from watching my vlogs, I reversed oestrogen damage to my womb in just three months by reducing xenoestrogens consumption from the inside out. Xenoestrogens / endocrine disruptors cause havoc in our bodies, but unfortunately they are everywhere – normally man-made from furniture to fashion to farmed food. Even natural resources can be endocrine disruptors – like titanium dioxide and cadmium; both of which are found deep within the earth’s crust – maybe they should be left there!

Anyway, in my bid to remain organic where possible, I wondered when were chemicals were first used in farming. In true Vicky style, I began researching.

Ten interesting facts about pesticides in farming:

  1. Chemicals are used in farming for pest and disease control. The first written recording of pesticides was 4500 years ago in Mesopotamia, Iraq. Here they used sulphur compounds to control insects and mites
    (source: Agrochemicals.iupac.org)
  2. 3200 years ago, the Chinese used Mercury and Arsenic to control body lice! (Source: http://agrochemicals.iupac.org)
  3. Sulfur and Sulphur are the same! Sulfur is the American spelling and Sulphur is English.
  4. Sulfur is considered a gardeners friend – it enriches the soil and gives flavour to Mustard, Onions and Garlic (Source: GardeningKnowHow)
  5. Sulphur doesn’t smell! The association with the aroma of rotten eggs is actually hydrogen sulphide (source: livescience.com).
  6. Sulphur isn’t listed in the Endocrine Disruptor website either – so is safe for our wombs!
  7. Sulphur is an essential nutrient for humans and animals! According to to WebMd.com, sulphur fixes our DNA and protects our cells from damage. So why is Sulphur both dangerous and essential? Sulphur is essential in very small amounts! (Source: GardeningKnowHow)
  8. However, if animals eat too much sulphur, it is lethal (Source: NPIC). Modern synthetic chemicals are less harmful to animals and also much cheaper, keeping the price of food down.
  9. Sulphur is fairly non-toxic to humans but is highly flammable (Source: www.teck.com/sulphur.pdf). These days, even with synthetic endocrine damaging insecticides/pesticides, there is still an average of 35 to 40% crop loss. (Source: http://agrochemicals.iupac.org)

There you go! I can’t help thinking that natural is best, although I don’t want animals to suffer. I never thought I’d be researching Gardening websites to protect my womb! If this is the first Blooming Wonderful Wombs blog you have read, you might also enjoy my vlogs which show my journey from the very first day when I went for my endometrial biopsy and scan. Also I’m on instagram.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this research! Thank you for reading. Warm wishes, Vicky.