The Negative Effects Of Agent Orange And The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War was a long war that was devastating to the United States as well as Vietnam. The war was a total disaster for the South Vietnamese and was also a political and social disaster for the United States. During this time, chemicals were used during times of war and were detrimental to the people on the receiving end. One instance of this was the United States’ use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Agent Orange’s use by the United States affected Vietnam in a negative way economically, demographically, and ecologically. Agent Orange had many negative effects, especially with the contamination of water sources and the disruption to the balance of the ecosystem. Even today, the Vietnamese population is still feeling the effects of the outrageous chemical. In fact, the agent can bond with a component in a person’s cells and the genes get passed down from generation to generation. This is a scary discovery when it comes to the lives of thousands of people. Agent Orange’s components have been found to be very deadly which is why it caused such a disaster to the Vietnamese population. The component 2,4,5-T was later found to contain a contaminant, TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachloroadibenzo para-dioxin) [dioxin] which is one of the most toxic chemicals known. One of the main ways that Agent Orange impacted Vietnam was economically. After the war, the Vietnamese economy was lagging way behind that of many other countries. Famine and disease also contributed heavily to the depleted

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