/ ˈeɪdʒənt ˈɔːrəndʒ /
Množina reči Agent Orange je Agent Oranges.
A herbicide used in the Vietnam War to defoliate forest areas.
Selective weedkiller, notorious for its use in the 1960s during the Vietnam War by US forces to eliminate ground cover which could protect enemy forces. It was subsequently discovered to contain highly poisonous dioxin. Thousands of US troops who had handled it later developed cancer or fathered deformed babies.
Agent Orange, named for the distinctive orange stripe on its packaging, combines equal parts of 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) and 2,4,5-T (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid), both now banned in the US. Companies that had manufactured the chemicals faced an increasing number of lawsuits in the 1970s. All the suits were settled out of court in a single class action, resulting in the largest ever payment of its kind ($180 million) to claimants.
The Australian government officially acknowledged a link between Agent Orange and certain types of cancer 1994.