India (SciDev) By Madhukara Putty Contemporary pollutants can reach deep wells that tap fossil aquifers, says a study by an international team of researchers. More than half of some 6,000 wells studied around the world by the researchers showed traces…
Despite Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) being touted as saviors, nations worldwide restrict or outright ban their use. That gouges their champion corporation–Monsanto– with deep profit wounds. That paradigm forces the company to get creative, and test all manner of boundaries. As agra-advancement demand grows, with GMO’s failing to catch on, Monsanto turns to countries like Vietnam to welcome its product.
The agra-giant once found success in Vietnam during 20th century struggles against colonialism. During the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese countryside drowned in massive amounts of the toxin known as Agent Orange across lush jungles. It acted as a kind of augmented herbicide, officially used to clear dense bush for troops. It was also useful for destroying food supplies, and tainting drinking water. A Vietnamese man interviewed for the 1975 documentary Hearts And Minds, who built coffins of a living, claimed many countryside children died due to the poison.
There’s a public safety crisis in Changzhou, where hundreds of schoolchildren fell ill after exposure to toxic compounds. Unfortunately for the ailing kids, the public response has been largely unsympathetic, thanks in part to the affluence of the students’ families and their parents’ attempts to treat the incident like an “internal matter”.
The alarm of toxic land ran off after hundreds of school kids fell ill after exposing to toxic compounds in Changzhou. Yet, amid the public safety crisis, the public are not sympathetic to the victims as the elitist parents considered the incident an “internal business” rather than a public incident.