Useful Agent Orange Websites, Videos, Books, and Studies
During the course of Hatfield’s ongoing Agent Orange/Dioxin studies in Viet Nam, we have come across a variety of useful and informative references. Below, we provide a sample of resources that we have found useful.
- Ford Foundation Agent Orange/Dioxin program information
- The Agent Orange Record – A project of the War Legacies Project about the ongoing health and environmental impacts of the use of Agent Orange, and other dioxin-contaminated herbicides used during the Vietnam war and in other areas of the world.
- The Vietnam Reporting Project – A journalism fellowship program designed to produce multimedia news coverage on the enduring environmental and health consequences of Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam.
- Danish Vietnamese Association (DVA) information, links, and documents about Agent Orange
- Advocacy and Exchange Program on Agent Orange – The Aspen Institute
- Dioxin NZ Information on Dioxins – New Zealand Chemically Exposed Paritutu Residents Association
- Agent Orange information from the Vermont based War Legacies Project
- Operation Ranch Hand (Thomas Pilsch)
- USAF Ranch Hand Herb Tapes, Herbicide Amounts from August 1965
- Agent Orange Talking Paper #1 by Gary D. Moore
- Health of Veterans and Deployed Forces – Institute of Medicine (Viet Nam War)
- Chemicals used in military operations during the Viet Nam war
- Vietnam Veterans of America
- US Environmental Protection Agency – dioxin assessment
- The Virtual Vietnam Archive; Texas Tech University
- Toxicological profile for dioxins
- US Department of Veterans Affairs – Agent Orange: Diseases, Fact Sheets, Briefs, Newsletters, etc.
- Agent Orange related illnesses – Main
- Agent Orange related illnesses – Descriptions of Conditions
- Fund For Reconciliation and Development – Extensive information on Agent Orange
Service-Connected Disability Compensation For Exposure To Agent Orange for Veterans and Their Families – PDF File – A self-help guide by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) – November 2008.
Herbicide use outside of Viet Nam (PDF File)
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008 (executive summary | full paper) – Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides (Seventh Biennial Update), Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences
“Scientists Study Soil”: clip from The Friendship Village
Dioxin! What Citizens, Workers and Policymakers Should Know
Interview with Dr. Linda Birnbaum, (EPA Toxicology Diviision Director) in 2004 discussing what dioxin is, how toxic dioxin is, and if dioxin causes cancer. In 2010, Dr. Linda Birnbaum was director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Video produced by the Ecology Center of Ann Arbour for the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan.
Battle’s Poison Cloud
A film documentary examining the birth defects issue in Viet Nam related to Agent Orange exposure. Research undertaken by Hatfield Consultants Ltd. is outlined, as is our “hotspot” theory. The “hotspot” theory relates to former US military installations where Agent Orange was stored, dispensed, sprayed, and spilled. These facilities, it is theorized, have the highest levels of dioxin contamination to which local populations are potentially being exposed. The passage of dioxin through the human food chain contaminating human blood and breast milk is clearly outlined.
This film has been awarded the prize for the best investigative journalism documentary at the Moscow Law and Society Film Festival in 2003.
Contact: Cecile Trijssenaar
The Friendship Village
The Friendship Village is a documentary film about an international group of veterans who are building a village in Viet Nam for children with suspected Agent Orange-related deformities. The Village stands not only as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, but as a testament to the potential for all people to come to terms with the past and heal the wounds of war. Hatfield Consultants’ work on Agent Orange is highlighted in the film.
Producer/Director Michelle Mason was awarded the Silver Hugo for best social/political documentary at the 2003 Chicago International Television Awards.
Contact: Michelle Mason
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Vietnam: After the Fire (Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4)
Excellent two-hour documentary film by ACACIA Productions Ltd. of some of the human and environmental impacts in Viet Nam of Agent Orange application during the conflict.
The film was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Banff International Film Festival in 1989, and chosen the Best Film Made For Television at the 1990 International Documentary Festival of New York.
A copy can be obtained from:
The Cinema Guild, Inc.
1697 Broadway, Suite 506
New York, New York 10019
Vietnam: A Television History
Excellent 13-hour documentary series prepared by WGBH Boston that chronicles the Viet Nam conflict from its beginnings in the 1940s to the present day. It is available from:
WGBH Boston Video
PO Box 2284
South Burlington, VT 05407-2284
Vietnam: The Secret Agent
Newly released DVD of the award-winning 1983 hour-long documentary on the history of Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War, its toxic constituent dioxin, and the plight of Vietnam veterans and their families in the US as they seek health care for exposure. Bonuses on the DVD include 1983-2009 Agent Orange update timeline, plus video shorts about effects in Vietnam, toxic hotspots, and current related issues. For more information:
Ecocide – A Strategy of War
A 20-minute film about the early years of Agent Orange use in Viet Nam and the American scientists who visited the battlegrounds overviewing the ecological damage.
Contact: Charles Light (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aftermath – The Remnants of War
A 75-minute documentary by the National Film Board of Canada examining the “aftermath” of war in France, Russia, Viet Nam, and Bosnia. The Viet Nam section focuses on Agent Orange with highlights of Hatfield Consultants’ work in central Viet Nam.
BOOKS / STUDIES
Dioxins and Health (Second Edition). Arnold Schecter and Thomas Gasiewicz (eds). Wiley-Interscience, New Jersey. 2003. ISBN: 0-471-43355-1.
ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry). 1998. Toxicological profile for chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (Update). US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. Atlanta, Georgia. 678 p. with appendices.
ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry). 1997. Interim Policy Guideline: Dioxin and Dioxin-like compounds in soil. US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. Atlanta, Georgia.
Dioxins and Health. Arnold Schecter (ed.). New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1994. ISBN: 0-306-44785-1.
Dioxin and its Analogues, Joint Report No. 4. Academie Des Sciences – CADAS. Paris: Technique & Documentation – Lavoisier, 1995. ISBN: 2-7430-0020-1.
Harvest of Death. J.B. Neilands, G.H. Orians, E.W. Pfeiffer, A. Vennema, and A.H. Westing. New York, NY: The Free Press, 1972. Library of Congress Number: 72-143521.
Herbicidal Warfare: The RANCH HAND Project in Vietnam. Paul F. Cecil. New York, NY: Praeger Publishers, 1986. ISBN: 0-275-92007-0.
My Father, My Son. E. Zumwalt Jr., E. Zumwalt III, and J. Pekkanen. New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1986. ISBN: 0-02-633630-8.
The Wages of War: When American Soldiers Came Home – From Valley Forge to Vietnam. R. Severo and L. Milford. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1989. ISBN: 0-671-54325-3.
The Withering Rain. Thomas Whiteside. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., 1971. Library of Congress Number: 77-148477.
After Tet: The Bloodiest Year in Viet Nam. Ronald H. Spector. The Free Press, New York. 1993. ISBN: 0-02-930380-X
In Retrospect – The Tragedy and Lessons of Viet Nam. Robert S. McNamara. Random House, New York. 1995. ISBN: 0-8129-2523-8.
Veterans and Agent Orange. Committee to Review the Health Effects in Viet Nam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, ISBN: 0-309-04887-7. 1996 Update: ISBN: 0-309-05487-7. 1998 Update: ISBN: 0-309-06326-4. 2000 Update: ISBN: 0-309-07552-1.
VIETNAM: A History. Stanley Karnow. New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1983. ISBN: 0-670-74604-5.
Hamburger Hill. Samuel Zaffiri. Presido Press, Norato, Ca. 1988. New edition printed 2000. ISBN: 0-89141-289-1.
Herbicides in War – The Long-term Ecological and Human Consequences. A.H. Westing (ed.). Taylor and Francis, Philadelphia. 1984. ISBN: 0-85066-265-6.
WHO/EURO. 1998a. WHO Revises the Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) for dioxins. World Health Organization European Centre for Environment and Health; International Programme on Chemical Safety. Organohalogen Compounds 38: 295-298.
WHO/EURO. 1998b. Assessment of the Health Risk of Dioxins: Re-evaluation of the Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI).
World Health Organization, European Centre for Environment and Health; International Programme on Chemical Safety. WHO Consultation, May 25-29, 1998, Geneva, Switzerland.
WHO/EURO. 1991. Consultation on Tolerable Daily Intake from Food of PCDDs and PCDFs, Bilthoven, Netherlands, 4-7 December 1990. Region Office for Europe Summary Report. EUR/ICP/PCS 030(S)0369n. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen.
WHO/EURO. 1989. Levels of PCBs, PCDDS and PCDFs in Breast Milk: Results of WHO-coordinated interlaboratory quality control studies and analytical field studies (Yrjanhaiki, EJ, ed). Environmental Health Series Report #34. Copenhagen: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.
1988. PCBs, PCDDs and PCDFs in Breast Milk: Assessment of health risks (Grandjean, P et al., eds.). Environmental Health Series Report #29. Copenhagen: World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.
Australian Vietnam Veterans Study. This 1997 study of 50,000 Australian Viet Nam veterans entitled “Mortality of Vietnam Veterans: The Veteran Cohort Study” found that the death rate among veterans between 1980 and 1994 was some seven percent higher than for the overall male population. In addition, the study found that the death rate from cancer was about 20 percent above average, and that veterans may face an increased risk of death by suicide. The Australian government received this information seriously since it has been documented that those individuals who were in Viet Nam had successfully passed rigid medical examinations and were therefore considered “healthy”; those with congenital medical issues were rejected as conscripts. The report is available from:
Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs
PO Box 21
Canberra, ACT 2601