Broken-Hearted by Orange

It’s the Vietnam War and the U.S. is desperate to take away the home court advantage of the Vietcong. The guerrilla resistance is thriving within the wide leafed foliage of Vietnam. The advantage needed be curbed.

Here enters operation Ranch Hand.

Chemical: Agent Orange

Composition:   2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) – 50%

 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) – 50%

Purpose: Herbicide and defoliant. These work especially well on the kind of foliage found in southeast Asia.

Fatal Flaw: The Agent Orange used had high amounts of a contaminant: 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) dioxin. TCDD has since then been attributed with causing the ill effects experienced by those who had been exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war.

The TCDD in Vietnam soil still find their way into the lives of these children. Chemical knowledge is power that needs to be well guided. A foresight unto the subsequent effects of chemical use is always necessary.

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