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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