November 24, 2015
By Suzanne Maher
WAR AND HEALTH: AGENT ORANGE
3 minute you tube of the history of Agent Orange. Between 1962-1971 the U.S. deployed a little over 76 million litres of rainbow herbicides across Vietnam during a project called Operation Ranch Hand to defoliate the country side depriving the enemy of hiding places in the jungle. 42 million litres of Agent Orange was deployed throughout Vietnam. 10-20% of Vietnam was exposed to the substances.
Agent Orange contained the deadly chemical dioxin, which was the most commonly used of the herbicide mixtures. It was later revealed to cause serious health issues–including tumors, birth defects, rashes, psychological symptoms and cancer. Reports were ignored and dismissed.