What’s the connection between a San Francisco school groundskeeper and the Vietnam War? One word: Monsanto.
A Monsanto-manufactured herbicide, Roundup, was just deemed responsible for causing groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson’s lymphoma. Another, the notorious Agent Orange, caused cancer, neurological issues and birth defects in millions of Vietnamese families after being sprayed across the country by the US military.
Johnson has been now vindicated, in a landmark ruling that will force Monsanto’s new parent company Bayer to pay out $289 million. With that new legal precedent, the government of Vietnam has just demanded Monsanto pay compensation to Agent Orange victims.
We now have our best chance yet for long-overdue justice -- and we can't let it slip away.
For decades, organisations in Vietnam have been fighting for compensation from Monsanto. Now that the floodgates are open for more lawsuits, it’s finally time for Monsanto to recognise the untold devastation it caused -- and profited from. Will you help us force the company to take responsibility at last?
Tell Monsanto to provide compensation for the Vietnamese citizens affected by Agent Orange.
Between 1961 and 1971, the US military sprayed 44 million gallons of Agent Orange across Southern Vietnam, with the goal of clearing the jungles Northern Vietnamese troops were using as cover. Today, the whole country is still dealing with the fallout. An estimated 3 million people died or were sickened, and children continue to be born with physical or mental damage caused by the chemical.
The US government compensates military veterans affected by Agent Orange, but no such help exists for Vietnamese families who are in the same situation -- or worse. As one of Agent Orange’s main manufacturers, Monsanto should have taken responsibility long ago. But even today, its website maintains the lie that “a connection linking Agent Orange to chronic disease in humans has not been established”.
The nonprofit Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) filed a suit against Monsanto and Agent Orange’s other manufacturers in 2004, but US courts refused to hear it. This latest lawsuit brings new hope that the corporation might finally be held to account. Will you sign in solidarity with Agent Orange’s Vietnamese victims and help bring Monsanto to justice?
The time has come: Tell Monsanto to recognise its role in the Vietnam War and compensate the victims of Agent Orange!