Agent Orange is a powerful herbicide created by the United States military.
Contains dioxin in the form of TCDD (Tetra-chloro-dibenzo-dioxin)
Agent Orange was the most widely used herbicide in Vietnam, and the most potent.
The U.S military engaged in an aggressive program of chemical warfare codenamed Operation Ranch Hand.
U.S. aircraft were deployed to douse roads, rivers, canals, rice paddies and farmland with powerful mixtures of herbicides.
More than 13 million gallons of Agent Orange was used in Vietnam.
Dioxin, which caused plants to “defoliate” or lose their leaves, also had a large effect on humans.
Short-term exposure to dioxin can cause darkening of the skin, liver problems and chloracne.
Mass deforestation and severe birth defects.
Foliage is still not growing as it used to. Embryos were affected. Lawsuits are happening with long term effects of agent orange.