| Agent Orange
million gallons of Agent Orange over Vietnam in order to defoliate the
jungle. Agent Orange is a herbicide that contains dioxin, a highly toxic
compound. The effect of Agent Orange, and other herbicides, on human
health and on Vietnam veterans remains a source of great controversy.
Deadly illnesses associated to Agent Orange was not acknowledged by
the Pentagon until years after Vietnam veterans were exposed to the
dangerous herbicide. Laboratory studies performed in 1969 found that
birth defects was linked to Agent Orange exposure, however the use of
the herbicide was not discontinued until two years later, exposing 2.4
million Vietnam veterans to it, in addition to 5 million acres of forest with
the majority of them still unrestored to date.