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Book Marks 50th Anniversary Of Agent Orange In Vietnam

Book Marks 50th Anniversary Of Agent Orange In Vietnam
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For millions of people, the consequences of Agent Orange, a dangerous herbicide made by bio-tech giant Monsanto, remains a lived reality. Activists, veterans, scientists, and victims in Vietnam and the US alike hope that with the fiftieth anniversary this year of the first spraying of defoliants over Vietnamese forests, waterways, and rural land, the full scope and tragedy finally can come into focus.

Vietnam War scholar and accomplished author Fred Wilcox has studied the after effects of Agent Orange for over thirty years. His latest book, “Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam,” focuses on the stories of both Vietnam veterans and their children, and over 3 million affected individuals throughout Southern Vietnam, who have suffered from a host of physical and developmental ailments due to dioxin exposure.

I had the opportunity to ask Mr. Wilcox a few questions about the ongoing effects of Agent Orange for the Vietnamese and his opinion of Monsanto’s silent domination of the global food system.

Go to the next page to read his responses and view pictures of the legacy Monsanto left behind.

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1:42PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I have recently visited The War Remnants Museum in Vietnam...speechless...there you can see pictures with what this agent did to Vietnamese people....shame!

2:41AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Vietnam and agent orange and even Desert Storm used illegal chemicals tested on our own American soldiers.,

5:09AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

My cousin endured the horror, Agent Orange bombardment in Vietnam. He returned home, illness engulfed him constantly. His child was born blind, developed leukemia at age 2 and has mental problems. She had to undergo the torture treament of cancer, several times over the next 5 years. Thankfully she survived, she still suffers from mental problems. Our government denied any responsibility of Agent Orange connection to his child's health or his. He gave up, never spoke about experience, never applied for any veteran benefits allotted to him. As he stated, the Army used me, abused me and threw me aside when I was no longer of use to them! If they called him now, he'd spit in their face, protect his loved ones and let the "chips fall where they may!"

8:50AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Agent orange was tested by US Army at CFB Gagetown, in New Brunswick, Canada. Something the Canadian Government denied for years! That's one thing.The American servicemen exposed to this in Viet Nam is shockingly aweful. So are the victims in Viet Nam. Does not this fall under the Geneva Convention? Under Chemical Weapons? If not, it should have.

3:31PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

My brothe was in Vietnam and was subject to Agent Orange. He and his children have medical conditions related to it.

6:21AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:06PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

9:50AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, makes you wonder what will come home with the soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq this time. I know that there were babies born with birth defects they believe came from Agent Orange, and there was a cluster of babies born with birth defects after the first Gulf War under Bush I. Are we even looking at this war that Bush II gave us?? Depleted Uranium has caused birth defects among the Iraqis.

9:30AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

My brother-in-law never made it past Colonel because he totally lost his cool while testifying before Congress. Half his men who returned home alive from Vietnam were dead from cancer before they reached the age of 27! Yes, Col. Gary Walk was a brave & honorable man who commanded a buncha young guys who mostly came straight from the farms. They were young & strong when they went to Vietnam. Col. Walk made it to his 50s before Agent Orange hit him w/cancer & Parkinson's. He did right by his men & his country. Sad to say our country still doesn't own-up to its promises & responsibilities to the men & women who put their life on the line.

8:54AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Very sad and unnecessary! I have two relatives who are suffering from Agent Orange and to add insult to injury the Government would nto even acknowledge Agent Orange for such a long time...and ofered no support to those infected ..

thanks You for this article ..
-Holly

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