WHAT IS AGENT ORANGE?
Agent Orange is a chemical herbicidal weapon used by the U.S. government during the war in Vietnam. These chemicals were shipped to Vietnam in barrels with an orange band. Agent Orange is a mixture of two dangerous chemicals: 2,4,D and 2,4,5,T. The 2,4,5,T used in the Agent Orange sprayed over Vietnam was contaminated with high amounts of dioxin during manufacture. Dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to humanity, was manufactured by 37 companies, including Dow Chemical and Monsanto.
HOW WAS AGENT ORANGE USED IN VIETNAM?
Millions of gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed from 1961 to 1971 in South Vietnam. The U.S. military sprayed approximately 12% of the land of Vietnam in order to deprive Vietnamese of food and shelter and to defoliate the jungles. About 5 million Vietnamese people were exposed along with many U.S. and allied soldiers. International law scholars believe the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam constituted chemical warfare, a violation of the Geneva Convention and a war crime…VAORRC_AO_fact_sheet_2015