From the first moment that primitive man noticed he could bury tiny things in the ground and wait for them to turn into larger things, which he could eat, technology has played an important role in agriculture.
That technology has not only contributed to advances in easier and more efficient ways to plant and raise crops, but also in advances to the protection of these crops from the various creatures that enjoy eating them without permission.
Of course, it is easy to build a fence to keep larger animals out, but insects tend to be too small to fence out. The solution, once discovered, seemed obvious: spray down plants with chemicals designed to keep insects away. The development of pesticides made it possible to drastically reduce the amount of a given crop lost to infestation by insects, but unfortunately, the effects were not fully understood until much later.
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