Agents Of The Agent Orange Essay

1242 Words Apr 16th, 2015 5 Pages
The introduction of dangerous herbicides such as Agent Orange, to Vietnam has significantly increased extremely dangerous health problems in humans living in that area. In many cases, the introduction of these agents underwent scientific tests to prove, that they cause (Type 2) diabetes, prostate cancer, respiratory cancer, spina bifida, and many others. (Marti) This is especially devastating because over 2.1 to 4.8 million people became exposed to these agents of destruction. (Marti) Out of all of the agents the U.S. utilized in Vietnam, Agent Orange was the most destructive, even compared to the other agents combined together. The herbicide companies, crafted the agents from a powerful mixture of chemicals used by the U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War to eliminate forest cover for troops and also to destroy the food supply for the enemy. (Agent)
Several chemicals led to the creation of Agent Orange, such as (2, 4-D) and (2, 4, 5-T). The chemical (2,4-5, T), a useless but an extremely dangerous toxic byproduct, commonly referred to as dioxin, considered one of the most poisonous chemicals known to man. (About) The concentrations of the agents were supposedly 20 to 55 times vigorous than normal agricultural herbicides used to kill weeds. The half-life or life span of Agent Orange and the other chemicals varies on the type of soil and its depth of penetration. (Deanne) Sunlight will break down Dixon, so on the surface of soil or a leaf, dioxin has an estimated…

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