Agent Orange Maker Monsanto Back in Vietnam

Monsanto, the U.S. corporation controlling an , is gearing up for a return to Vietnam.

Monsanto isn’t a household name in Vietnam. But one of its former products, the killer Vietnam War-era military defoliant Agent Orange, remains infamous.

According to by Vietnam’s Thanh Nien news outlet, a contingency of activists feel the firm has no right doing business in the country, where the chemical is, deformed another 500,000 and stricken another 2 million with various diseases.

These days, Monsanto’s interests in Vietnam are strictly agricultural. The Vietnamese government, according to Thanh Nien’s magazine Vietweek, is courting Monsanto to bring in genetically modified seeds that could boost crop yields.

┬áMonsanto is, of course, highly aware of Agent Orange’s reputation and has fought numerous lawsuits filed by chemical’s victims both Vietnamese and American. The chemical, commissioned by the U.S. military, was dumped over jungles to kill vegetation and rout communist forces.

In Monsanto’s own primer on the Agent Orange era, it casts the chemical as patriotic — it was meant “to save the lives of U.S. and allied soldiers,” Monsanto says — and contends that the matter

Keeping Monsanto out of Vietnam already appears to be an uphill fight.

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