Posted: 06/02/2014 at 07:44
Agent Orange brings back unpleasant memories Fidget. In the 1970's all the major US pharmaceutical companies were ordered by the Government to produce AO, (and also Agent Purple)as defoliants to use against the Vietcong. Years later, it was found that it was causing huge health problems with ex-servicemen who had handled it.
When those servicemen, or their surviving families tried to seek financial assistance from the US government they were refused help, with their government citing " Governmental Immunity".
I was working in the Insurance industry,and my company insured most of the major US drug companies - what I saw and heard about Agent Orange was horrendous, and the European insurance industry eventually ended up paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to those poor unfortunates.
Since those times, I'm afraid I have nothing but contempt for most American politicians!
If anyone has any doubts about using noxious chemicals in the garden - DON'T use them!