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Photo: Vietnamese victims of American chemical warfare (Agent Orange, Monsanto)
Some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed over South Vietnam at up to 50 times the concentration recommended for killing weeds. About 5 million acres of forests and crops were destroyed and an estimated 4.5 million Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of American soldiers were exposed.
Millions of Americans and Vietnamese are still affected, directly and indirectly, by the wartime spraying of Agent Orange and other herbicides over South Vietnam. As U.S. Vietnam-era veterans know, some of the herbicides contained dioxin, a highly toxic and persistent organic pollutant linked to cancers, diabetes, birth defects and other disabilities.
The toll on the Vietnamese may continue for generations, even though the dioxin contaminant may eventually be 'cleansed'.
Cambodia and Laos were also sprayed.