Thursday, February 9, 2012

Outrageous: Agent Orange Maker Monsanto Seeks Return to Vietnam for GMO Crops

Mike Barrett
Activist Post

Vietnam here we come! At least that is what biotech giant Monsanto is saying. The multinational agricultural corporation most known for creating the hazardous chemical Agent Orange, which led to thousands of deaths and birth defects due to its widespread use within the country, is now attempting to begin providing Vietnam with their genetically modified foods.

During the Vietnam War, Monsanto’s Agent Orange was used as a part of the United States’ ‘herbicidal warfare program’. Having killed an estimated 400,000, deforming 500,00, and sickening 2 million, even 30 years after the war people are still suffering from the health effects induced by the chemical.

Agent Orange has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, live damage, and other major health problems. Although the damage is great, US courts have protected both Monsanto and Dow Chemical from liability and criminal prosecution.

The US government has shielded Monsanto and Dow from the massive cost of medical treatment for victims and environmental remediation cleanup costs that would spell out bankruptcy for the corporations.Despite enormous opposition, now Monsanto is making further attempts to profit from Vietnam by selling their genetically modified creations.

It would be completely outrageous to see Vietnam accept Monsanto’s GMO’s, as they have already ruined hundreds of thousands of lives with their toxic Agent Orange. Given the well-known human and environmental destruction behind GMOs, Vietnam would only be inviting back tragic health complications.


The Thanh Nienn News in Ho Chi Minh City reports:
No biotech company has yet got the official green light for selling genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but it does not assuage the fears that Vietnam could end up with another tragic legacy from a company that once caused many deaths in the country, environmental activists say.
The alleged purpose of using Agent Orange was to deny the enemy cover in forested areas through defoliation. However, the US Army did contract studies in 1943 of the effects of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (the other ingredient of Agent Orange) on cereal grains, including rice, and developed the concept of using aerial herbicide spraying to destroy enemy crops to disrupt the food supply. It seems that poisoning the enemy, farmland and civilians was a chemical warfare strategy.

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The Global Post reports:
Monsanto is, of course, highly aware of Agent Orange’s reputation and has fought numerous lawsuits filed by chemical’s victims both Vietnamese and American. The chemical, commissioned by the U.S. military, was dumped over jungles to kill vegetation and rout communist forces.

In Monsanto’s own primer on the Agent Orange era, it casts the chemical as patriotic — it was meant 'to save the lives of U.S. and allied soldiers,' Monsanto says — and contends that the matter 'should be resolved by the governments that were involved.'
We will see if Vietnam allows for Monsanto or any other biotech corporation to provide them with genetically modified foods, but the decision not to allow such measures seems clear as crystal to many. 

Explore More:
  1. How to Stop the Resurgence of Agent Orange in Your Food Supply | Vital Activism
  2. Monsanto Investor Bill Gates Says GMO Crops Needed to Fight Starvation
  3. Leaked: US to Start ‘Trade Wars’ with Nations Opposed to Monsanto, GMO Crops
  4. Vatican Condemns Monsanto Genetically Modified Crops as “New Form of Slavery”
  5. White House, US Courts & EPA Shaft Veterans to Protect Monsanto
  6. GMO Crops Continually Banned Around the World in Display of Health Freedom
This article first appeared at Natural Society, an excellent resource for health news and vaccine information.


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13 comments:

Tulsa Rob said...

How many people estimated killed is 400,000,?
How many people estimated deformed is 500,00,?
The numbers you state make no sense as written. What is your source?
You do a good job embedding your sources in the rest of your article, but what does the above mean and where did it come from?
Please proofread your articles and state your sources so we can check them out.

Anonymous said...

After extensive research they found that agent orange caused no harm to Vietnam veterans. The supposed harm in Vietnam itself is trumped up and wouldn't be if there were no lawyers waiting in the wings.

Anonymous said...

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_6144534

Anonymous said...

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1948084,00.html

Anonymous said...

http://hieu85be.wordpress.com/2008/12/05/agent-orange-contamination-vietnam/

Anonymous said...

agent orange caused no harm ??????
You are an idiot mate..
I suffered with agent orange...Took nearly 3.5 years before i got over it.
i can't say how many it killed or maimed BUT
agent orange did kill and did cause problems..
SO DON'T TALK CRAP!!!

Anonymous said...

A product that kills foliage and crops would not harm humans? Sorry, i don't buy it.

Anonymous said...

MONSANTO IS TRYING TO CONTROL OUR FOOD SOURCE.
BAN ALL THEIR PRODUCTS NOW!!

Anonymous said...

for those who don't think
agent orange" can harm crops and people, they should try it on themselves and find out; simple. I'm vietnamese, and I saw the effect on what it had done to my old country, people, and even the the american soldiers, and veterans (who came back ill, and sued the government, and won, got treated in VA hospitals).These statistic was obviously poorly stated, because it had left out so many hundred of thousands of unknown vietnamese farmers who died in the mud, and their starved children from destroyed crops. Vietnam was a large farm land and rice basket of southeast asia until this very destruction; it was considered by western standard standard as "undeveloped country". After the VN war was over, its citizen had not seen western influence in 30 years, minus a quick russian "yellow rain" treatment. The return of the a corrupted western approach is just another reminder of the old well applauded invasion which resulted in failure, and plenty of rotting veterans in the US, and it calls to world conscience of an empirical exploitation on the so called "undeveloped"..

Anonymous said...

Any crops which can survive in that monstrous soil must be monstrous themselves; not the kind of organism I would want to eat.

Anonymous said...

You are mistaken. The government conducted extensive studies trying to find a link between agent orange and any veteran's illness. What they fpound was that the Vietnam veterans had exactly the same incidence of all diseases as other Americans of the same age in the U.S. There was not a single illness that could be connected to agent orange. None, Zippo, Nadda. That was it! Lawyers were weeping openly in the streets. Some veterans had to cancel orders they had placed for luxury cars. There would be no HUGE payouts on bogus claims. But wait! But wait! Congress in it's wisdom decided to allow any veteran who "thought" they had an agent orange related illness to get free treatment through the VA. AND that is probably why you were lead to believe the veterans won. They lost, congress just decided that what the hell, it ain't my money so lets spend it.

Anonymous said...

Isn't roundup herbicide based on agent orange? Why did you not bring that up?

Anonymous said...

And your point is???

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