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26 Aug 2018

Author:
Samuel Osborne, Independent (UK)

Vietnam demands Monsanto pays compensation for Agent Orange victims

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Vietnam has demanded Monsanto pay compensation to the victims of Agent Orange, which the company supplied to the US military during the Vietnam War.  It came in response to the firm being ordered to pay $289m (£226m) to a school groundsman who claims his use of its Roundup weedkiller contributed to his terminal cancer...Dioxin, a highly toxic element of Agent Orange, has been linked to major health problems such as birth defects, cancers other deadly diseases...Monsanto has argued: “The government set the specifications for making Agent Orange and determined when, where and how it was used. Agent Orange was only produced for, and used by, the government.”  In a post on its website, the company notes it was one of nine government contractors who manufactured the chemical.