Agent Orange. Legacy of Death and Deformity
Experts have zeroed in on dioxin as the common denominator in people who suffer health problems from exposure to pesticides. So you’d think that an herbicide that contains dioxide would be banned. But investigators in Australia found that not only does the herbicide 2,4-D contain levels of dioxin that could pose a health risk, but that imports of 2,4-D aren’t carefully regulated. And farmers are spraying forms of 2,4-D that drift well beyond the intended target crops, causing widespread contamination.