Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The E: Documentary explores effects of Agent Orange components persisting in rural Oregon


Officially, the Vietnam War ended for the United States in 1975.

What many Oregonians don’t know is that one of its most deadly weapons simply followed them home.

Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide combo developed to defoliate the jungles and expose the enemy to American bullets, did its job so well it drew the attention of researchers for the timber industry. Chemicals that take out weeds and broadleaf trees from the air? Conifers stay standing? Hey, we could use something like that here for our Doug firs in the Pacific Northwest.

That idea sets the stage for “The People vs. Agent Orange,” a documentary by the husband and wife team of Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna.


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