Monsanto’s Legacy to the Vietnamese
Forty years and three generations after Monsanto, the GM bio-engineering agricultural giant unleashed the bi-weapon Agent Orange n the Vietnamese during the US engendered Vietnam War under ‘Operation Ranch Hand’, the child in the photo above was born without eyes.
Aged 75, Hoang Thi Te wishes the U.S. military would have made a weapon that would have killed her children right away, instead of leaving to suffer decades later. Tran Duc Nghia, 39 is confined a wheelchair at his mother’s house. His father died years ago from exposure to Agent Orange as a soldier for the American-allied South Vietnamese regime. Born normal, Tran Duc Nghia developed mental and physical problems by the time he was 12 years old. His limbs have atrophied from lack of use, and he can no longer speak. His mind is trapped inside the increasingly useless shell of his body describes his 75-year-old mother, Hoang Thi The. His sister 33 year old sister Tran Thi Na, 33, has begun to develop the same symptoms. This family gets n support from the government.
Dang Chi Trung and his sister, Dang Chi Tam are forced to live on a government allowance of about $60 a month in a small house down a narrow alley that once belonged to their parents – both parents are dead. Dang Chi Tam now aged 44, is mentally, because her parents were exposed to Agent Orange and is looked after by her brother on whom she is totally dependent. Dang Chi Tam doesn’t even know how to go the toilet. Because of his sister, Dang Chi Trung has never been married or able to work due to the fulltime responsibility of his sister.
Le Thi Thu, 42, and her daughter, Nguyen Thi Ly, 11, are second and third generation victims of Agent Orange.
The Vietnam Red Cross estimates that Agent Orange has affected 3 million people spanning three generations, including at least 150,000 children born with severe birth defects since the war ended in 1975.
According to a 2003 Columbia University study at least 3,181 villages were directly sprayed on. Not everyone qualifies for government assistance reports Drew Brown, only those whose parents fought for the US get a monthly allowance.
James R. Clary was the young US Air Force officer, and scientist who designed the spray tank for the C-123 cargo planes that dispersed Agent Orange across Vietnam. Thirteen years after the war Clary let it be known that US Military scientists knew that the dioxin used had “the potential for damage” to human health. It didn’t matter, because they were the perceived enemy until it became a concern that:
“We never considered a scenario in which our own personnel would become contaminated with the herbicide,” Clary wrote to then-Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
Produced by Monsanto Corp. and Dow Chemical:
“The government specified the chemical composition of Agent Orange and when, where and how the material was to be used in the field, including application rates,” Monsanto said.
“Makers of Agent Orange followed formula dictated by U.S. government” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/22/197316/makers-of-agent-orange-followed.html