agent orange

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

October 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

  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 is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so [...]

#184 – Agent Orange

October 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

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 is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so long to be [...]

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

October 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

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 is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so long [...]

Agent Orange – Corrections – #2.5

September 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

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 found out that I have somehow managed to make two rather large and embarrassing mistakes in my first [...]

Agent Orange – Part Two Point Five – Corrections

August 27, 2017 // 1 Comment

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 found out that I have somehow managed to make two rather large and embarrassing mistakes in my first [...]

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

June 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

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 Plants‘. Although you might not have heard of this before, I guarantee that the majority of [...]

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

August 18, 2015 // 5 Comments

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. Haidee began her speech by listing some of the questionable products and projects Monsanto had been [...]

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

February 15, 2015 // 17 Comments

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. I have to admit that at first I was not very interested in reading Ben’s book. This was not [...]

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

May 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

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, one states that a scientist had their family threatened if they were to release research that showed [...]