An introduction to the history of agent orange

As ofthere were 11 such villages, thus granting some social protection to fewer than a thousand victims. Most of the food that was destroyed during these missions was not produced for feeding the guerrillas.

The dioxin contaminant however continues to have harmful impact today.

The Lingering Health Effects of Agent Orange

Chapter 12 deals with a set of conditions related to cardiovascular and metabolic effects. Gulf War and Health: Agent Orange was an herbicide used in Vietnam to kill unwanted plants and to remove leaves on trees that provided cover for the enemy. Inthe first U. Does anyone know about or ever heard of Agent Orange?

In addition, Vietnam claims half a million children have been born with serious birth defects, while as many 2 million people are suffering from cancer or other illness caused by Agent Orange. The evidence of herbicide exposure among various groups studied suggests that although some had documented high exposures such as participants in Operation Ranch Hand and Army Chemical Corps personnelmost Vietnam veterans had lower exposures to herbicides and TCDD than did the subjects of many occupational and environmental studies see Figure from Pirkle et al.

Agent Orange

Even if one accepts an individual veteran's serum TCDD concentration as the optimal surrogate for overall exposure to Agent Orange and the other herbicide mixtures sprayed in Vietnam, not only is the measurement nontrivial but the hurdle of accounting for biologic clearance and extrapolating to the proper time frame remains.

On the contrary, it was being produced for the consumption of the local civilian population. And will he reach out to the Vietnamese civilian population still suffering because of Agent Orange? Other health effects are listed in the next section.

After release of Updateresearchers in one of the studies that it reviewed discovered an error in the published data. The result was an increase in poverty, malnutrition, and unemployment, as this uncontrolled urbanization led to millions of people living in slums.

Estimating the magnitude of risk of each particular health outcome among herbicide-exposed Vietnam veterans requires quantitative information about the dose—time—response relationship for the health outcome in humans, information on the extent of herbicide exposure among Vietnam veterans, and estimates of individual exposure.

Operation Ranch Hand aimed at spraying extremely harmful dioxin compounds which were combined together to form Agent Orangein order the destroy the vegetal cover of the rural and forested lands of Vietnam and the neighboring regions of eastern Laos and Cambodia.

One of them was the use of Agent Orange by the US military, which claimed millions of Vietnamese lives. By destroying vegetation, the motive of the American forces seemed very straightforward in the beginning, to bereave the Vietnamese guerrillas of cover so that they could be easily spotted from a height.A.

Agent Orange was an herbicide used in Vietnam to kill unwanted plants and to remove leaves on trees that provided cover for the enemy. B.

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Agent Orange was also used to deny food to the enemy. C. Agent Orange was used fromaccording to Wikipedia.4/4(1). The Agent Orange Act of —Public Law (PL)enacted February 6,and codified as Section of Title 38 of the United States Code—directed the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ask the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct an independent comprehensive review and evaluation of scientific and medical information regarding the health effects of exposure to herbicides.

History of the Use of Agent Orange in Vietnam During the Vietnam War, Agent Orange was chemical herbicides used from to by the U.S. military which cooperated with Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) to reduce military enemy cover in thick forest areas.

Facts about the Use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War

Agent Orange was a code name used for a class of herbicides and defoliants, used against Vietnam by the United States, as a part ofOperation Ranch Hand, the latter's chemical warfare program.

"Agent Orange is a clear example of history at its best. It is a well-researched book, written by a committed scholar not afraid to ruffle a few feathers.

What is Agent Orange?

Based on extensive archival research and interviews conducted by the author, Martini challenges many of the basic assumptions about Agent Orange.

Agent Orange received its name from its distinctive packaging, an orange striped 55 gallon drum. It works as a defoliant killing broad leafed plants and weeds by inducing rapid and uncontrolled growth, causing the plants to loose all of their leaves.

An introduction to the history of agent orange
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