Agent Orange

An investigative report into the health consequences of Operation Ranch Hand, the Pentagon's herbical warfare campaign in Vietnam. Between 1962 and 1971, the US Air Force sprayed 20 million gallons of chemical defoliants over South Vietnam, exposing tens of thousands of Vietnamese civilians and US military personnel to dioxin and other highly toxic chemicals. For three decades after the war, the US Food and Drug Administration studied the incidence of cancer and birth defects among US troops in the spray zone. That study (which concluded in 2005) was compromised by poor controls and mishandled data, even as it identified significantly heightened risks of illness among exposed veterans.

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Agent Orange