Agent Orange Essays

  • The Agent Orange

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    The Agent Orange was one of the most used and common herbicides and defoliants which is chemical the United States Military used in the Vietnam War from 1961 through 1971. "It was a 50/50 mixture of two herbicides: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. It remained toxic for only days or weeks and then degraded, but it had a toxic contaminant, dioxin, that did not degrade as readily and is still causing health problems in Vietnam." (What is Agent Orange). They used this chemical to try to kill people over in Vietnam

  • Agent Orange

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    paying a high price for fighting the war in Vietnam. Agent Orange is slowly taking the lives of these brave veterans. The government has recognized some diseases but the rules to compensation can be complex. It was in the 1960's that we were in the process of trying to destroy vegetation and brush in Vietnam, in doing so we proceeded to contaminate one of the largest parts of the environment, Humankind. War Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange and now live their lives with a disease not necessarily

  • Summary Of Agent Orange

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    article, “A Legacy of Illness: The Healing Process Is Far From Done” by Amanda Spake, the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War is shown to be detrimental to Vietnam War veterans’ mental and physical health. The aftermath and effects of the agent did not and still does not receive the acknowledgment it deserves. The depth of the mental and physical distress of Vietnam veterans exposed to the agent is dismissed by the Veteran Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs and the general public

  • The Effects of Agent Orange

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    to ask the seven million Vietnamese that were exposed to Agent Orange about their feelings about the war, what would they say? “I have no future, no happiness,” said Do Duc Diu. He went on to say that he lost eleven of his children to this deadly toxin (Agent Orange Record). Nineteen million gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed across South Vietnam leading to the death of more than 400,000 Vietnamese (Orange Innovation). Agent Orange had numerous devastating effects on not only the people intended

  • Agent Orange Research Paper

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    AGENT ORANGE Agent Orange has been one of the most toxic herbicides and carcinogens to humans to have ever been made. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Agent Orange was an herbicide that was used to clear out the Vietnamese jungle. The jungle was crucial to the success of early Vietnamese victories because it provided cover for their guerilla tactics that involved poking in and out of the jungle and striking for shorts bits of time, taking the United States armies by surprise. The jungle also provided

  • Agent Orange In Vietnam Essay

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    occurred at high rate among their children, VA compensation and care were denied (Carroll).” Denial of these severe diseases and unnatural occurrences by the VA could be construed as a cover-up for the government’s mistake or a truthful disconnect of Agent Orange and the diseases. Research has shown, “Dioxin has been found to be a carcinogen associated with Parkinson’s disease,

  • Agent Orange: The Silent Assassin

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    being exposed to the silent assassin called Agent Orange. The mission, known as Operation Ranch Hand, involved spraying 20 million gallons of Agent Orange over roughly 3.6 million acres of Vietnamese land to remove forest cover, destroy crops, and clear vegetation from U.S. army bases (Vietnam War Herbicides). Operation Ranch Hand lasted from about 1962 to 1971, and used various herbicide mixtures, such as Agent Blue, Agent White, Agent Purple, and Agent Pink to overthrow its prey, the communist

  • Agent Orange And Napalm in the Vietnam War

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    But Agent Orange and Napalm were the worst equipment we used in Vietnam for the civilians. Agent Orange ruined 5 million acres of Vietnamese land (“History: Agent Orange”). “Flying overhead, American airmen could smell the stench of burning flesh.” The article “Napalm’s death” shows the dismay of those affected by napalm. We may have “failed to win” the Vietnam War, but we sure did more than enough to harm the Vietnamese. During the Vietnam War two air dropped horrors, Napalm and Agent Orange, both

  • Agent Orange: The Unseen American Tragedy

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    was later known that the EPA or better known as the Environmental Protection Agency banned Agent Orange in the United States when a large number of birth of a baby who is born without any signs of life at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy were reported among mothers in Oregon, where Agent Orange had been heavily used (The Story of Agent Orange). Many Americans were outraged after finding out what Agent Orange has caused to their people. The Vietnam veterans cried for help from the Veterans Administration

  • Medical aspects of exposure to Agent Orange

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    History of Agent Orange Agent Orange is a chemical defoliant introduced in agriculture in 1946 as an herbicide to aid farmers and was used accordingly throughout 1950, after which its production was switched solely for military uses under the Defense Production Act of 1950. Since then, even though ingredients were commercially available and accessible to the public, mass production became heavily regulated and only a handful of the US Chemical manufacturing companies were able to produce it. Agent Orange

  • Effects of Agent Orange During the Vietnam War

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    the first application of the chemical nicknamed Agent Orange was sprayed on Vietnamese foliage in an attempt to stop guerilla warfare, launching a herbicidal disaster ("Herbicidal Warfare"). The consequences of agent orange, unbeknownst to the former government officials, led to a series of catastrophic effects including, but not limited to neurobehavioral and physical anomalies of the human body. As a result of the lacking knowledge of Agent Orange, the United States and Vietnam are still cleaning

  • The Tragic Effects Of Agent Orange And The Vietnam War

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    has left a lasting impact on the countries involved. One of these impacts is the effect of Agent Orange ( The horrific effects of Agent Orange can still be seen today 50 years later; clearly its use was a mistake. Agent Orange is an herbicide that was widely used throughout the Vietnam War. The goal of

  • The Government Denial of Agent Orange Claims

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    The Government Reaction to Agent Orange Claims PREFACE United States involvement in Vietnam has been surrounded by controversy since the 1960s. Many felt that controversy would end with the withdrawal of US troops in the 1970s. The troops came home and were not welcomed with the fanfare that surrounded veterans of previous wars. Was the controversy surrounding Vietnam a “dead” issue now that the troops were home? The answer is no. The controversy continues to this very day. The issue

  • The Effects of Agent Orange on Veterans of the Vietnam War

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    hard not to find someone who’s life has not been affected because of this war. One of the most controversial decisions made in the war was to use chemicals to fight the enemy. The most boradly used chemiucal was called Agent Orange. Some people agreed with the use of Agent Orange. They saw it as a very viable weapon that needed to be used in order to keep the Communist from taking control of South Vietnam and subverting their democratic government. Many others disapproved of its use. They knew

  • Napalm In Vietnam War

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    Agent Orange was the most well known chemical in Vietnam. It was named after its color when sprayed and combined two herbicides. The two herbicides were dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and trichlorophenoxyacetic acid, which contained remnants of dioxin ("Freedman"). One of these herbicides was actually found to be contaminated with a small amount of dioxin which is indeed highly toxic. "More than 19 million gallons of various “rainbow” herbicide combinations were sprayed, but Agent Orange was the

  • Herbicidal Warfare in Vietnam and its Effects on the World Today

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    used during the United States’ Operation Ranch Hand but the most well-known is Agent Orange (Trautman, 1). Agent Orange is a mixture of toxic chemicals that kills vegetation and is mixed with kerosene and diesel fuel so that it sticks to plants for a long period of time (Trautman, 1). When sprayed onto vegetation Agent Orange kills it within days and also pollutes the soil and water. So what is the concern? Agent Orange and other herbicides destroy ecosystems, they have also been found in plants,

  • Suicide of Vietnam Veterans

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    Suicide of Vietnam Veterans The deaths that were experienced in Vietnam due to Agent Orange and other jungle diseases have become well known by the general public. However, it is suicide that has resulted in the deaths of over 150,000 Vietnam soldiers during and after the war. An enormous amount of suicides resulted from what most people call “protecting our country”. The Vietnam War brought more than fifty-eight thousand deaths and is to some one of the darkest battles in United States history

  • Vietnam War Case Study

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    foraging from the land the military had to also develop a method that could be utilized to destroy crops and sources of food that were accessible to enemy forces. Because of these many requirements and obstacles, the military developed the herbicide Agent Orange to both target the heavy foliage and the enemy sources of food that were present, such as rice

  • Dioxin Pollution

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    relation to TCDD. Dioxin is formed as an unintentional by-product of many industrial processes involving chlorine such as waste incineration, chemical and pesticide manufacturing and pulp and paper bleaching. Dioxin was the primary toxic component of Agent Orange, was found at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, NY. ( The major sources of dioxin are in our diet. Since dioxin is fat-soluble, it bioaccumulates up the food chain and it is mainly (97.5%) found in

  • Monsanto Ethics Case Study

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    Monsanto started out as a company that created an artificial sweetener for a well-known company called Coca-Cola. Throughout the last century with the use of new types of innovation the corporation has set out to change the world and has set a specific goal to change the way food is grown. Through the agriculture industry Monsanto has created new technology that enables farmers to grow food faster and with less land area. Although the results seem to be positive, there are also critics of this new