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Agent Orange – The Synthesis of 2,4,5,-Trichlorophenate – #3

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  The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly ...

#184 – Agent Orange

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The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly investigated, there ...

Agent Orange – Part Three – The Synthesis of 2,4,5,-Trichlorophenate

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The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly investigated, ...

Agent Orange – Corrections – #2.5

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I am currently in the middle of producing a series of videos documenting the history of Agent Orange, the herbicide used during the Vietnam war. I published my first video on the subject back in June, but originally started researching for the project at the beginning of 2017. Despite spending a considerable amount of time with my head in the books before I made my first video, I have recently ...

Agent Orange – Part Two Point Five – Corrections

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I am currently in the middle of producing a series of videos documenting the history of Agent Orange, the herbicide used during the Vietnam war. I published my first video on the subject back in June, but originally started researching for the project at the beginning of 2017. Despite spending a considerable amount of time with my head in the books before I made my first video, I have recently ...

Agent Orange – On the Origin of Agent Orange – #2

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Work spanning decades went into the development of agent orange, from people who wanted to know more about the world, to people who wanted to better the world, to even some who wanted to use it as a weapon, thinking they were helping the ...

Agent Orange – Part Two – On the Origin of Agent Orange

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The general consensus regarding the inception of Agent Orange, the infamous herbicide used during the Vietnam War, is that its origins lay in a laboratory somewhere back in the mid-twentieth century. However, I would argue that its actual origins lie in the Victorian era. I believe its story starts in 1881 with an English naturalist and the publication of his book ‘The Power of Movement of ...

Fact Checking The London March Against Monsanto Protesters – Haidee-Laure Giles of War on Want

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Edited by Peter Let’s once more critique some of the more convincing arguments made in a speech given at the March Against Monsanto protest in London earlier this year. This time, let’s fact-check a speech given by Haidee-Laure Giles of War on Want who, like others, was not just there to protest against the agrochemical and agricultural giant Monsanto – but genetic engineering in general. ...

What’s Ben Goldacre’s Beef with Monsanto?!

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Edited by Peter Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Science’ is a collection of columns he wrote for The Guardian that are critical of the mainstream media coverage of scientific and medical issues. It covers topics such as the vaccinations scare after the publication of Andrew Wakefield’s paper, the history and effectiveness of homeopathy, and snake oil salesmen selling their products to AIDS sufferers. ...

How the Video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Food’ Misled Its Viewers

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The video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Foods’ is a prime example of why we should be ridiculing the vast majority of people opposed to genetic engineering instead of listening to their purposely uneducated and uninformed views on the technology. Most of the “facts” contained in this video are trivial to counter and often are not about the technology at all. For example, ...