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.
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.