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  •  Dow knew by 1964 (0+ / 0-)

    that the manufacturing process created dangerous levels of dioxin.  They informed the other manufacturers (including Monsanto) of this, and changed their process to reduce the levels, although I think no one else did.  (Link)

    The other catastrophe of using Agent Orange has nothing to do with its direct health impact, on US military personnel, enemy combatants, civilian bystanders, and all the wildlife exposed.  By killing off huge swaths of forest, the Ranch Hand operation caused massive and probably irreversible changes in the ecology of much of SE Asia.

    •  all true, but all also not relevant to my point. (0+ / 0-)

      No one here thinks Monsanto are angels. Monsanto are fucking bastards. Most of what they do is intolerable in a democracy.

      But even if Monsanto's CEO personally poisoned his dog with dioxin and buried it in his tomato garden to cover it up, that doesn't alter the simple fact that (1) 2,4-D is NOT "Agent Orange", (2) 2,4-D does NOT have dioxin (the dangerous part of Agent Orange) as a component, and (3) if we claim or imply otherwise, we are simply lying to people.

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 03:34:15 PM PDT

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