25 Feb '12, 8am

Agent Orange On Your Lawn?

Prior to today, I had never heard of a chemical called 2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). I had heard of Agent Orange though as have most folks who have some familiarity with the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was the name of a herbicide and defoliant used extensively by the U.S. during the conflict. By killing forests and vegetation on rural land, it deprived combatants of cover - but also civilians of their ability to farm in some cases. The loss of tree cover also gave way to massive erosion and a loss of biodiversity, while providing some invasive species opportunity to flourish. Agent Orange also severely affected the health of many people who came into contact with it. By far, the Vietnamese people were the worst afflicted, but also foreign troops on the ground. I remember a friend of my parents who did multiple "tours of duty" having severe and ongoing health issues...

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