Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Monsanto expands presence in Vietnam, 55 years after Agent Orange

Almost exactly 55 years ago, the US military began a campaign to spray massive quantities of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange over the jungles of South Vietnam – its supposed ally -- in a effort to kill the plants that gave cover and food to hostile forces. To this day, an estimated 3 million people have suffered severe health problems, including birth defects, from exposure to the dioxin-containing herbicide.

Monsanto was one of several companies tapped by the US government to produce Agent Orange. But today, Monsanto's business is booming in Vietnam, with the company peddling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and Roundup herbicide to farmers willing to believe its false promises about increased yields and higher profits.

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