Daily Archives: April 9, 2019

Can A Company Have A Patent On Foods? Why Does This Matter? by Andrew Kimbrell

Does Capitalism Pose an Existential Threat To Our Democracy – David Korten

Hidden GMOs, Hidden Glyphosate, Hidden Dangers


New Documentary Explores Agent Orange’s Little-Known Medical Legacy For Civilians | Here & Now

Billy McLean (left) and Von Jones (Courtesy of Jon Kalish)

March 26, 2019Karyn Miller-Medzon

Agent Orange, the chemical herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to deforest the land, deprived combatants of food and the ability to conceal themselves.

But as we now know, the toxic chemicals did much more than that. Agent Orange caused devastating health consequences for millions of people — the Vietnamese on the ground and the American troops serving there. In 1979, there was legal action that won a historic settlement.

What’s not commonly known is that American civilians working stateside were also exposed to the harsh herbicide. Among them were workers at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Radio producer Jon Kalish (@kalishjon) tells their stories in his new documentary, “The Forgotten Civilians of Eglin Air Force Base,” commissioned by Living Downstream. The environmental justice podcast series is from Northern California Public Media. Kalish joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the documentary.

The workers at Eglin were known as range technicians. Some of them went out and collected cardboard placards that had been sprayed, bringing them back to a lab to be analyzed. Others were cameramen operating massive refrigerator-sized color film cameras. As the cameramen filmed, they were also being sprayed.

Tommy Brown and Clarence Hobbs were among those filming. In the documentary, Brown described the process.

“Sometimes, it would be like a mist,” Brown says. “But I remember one time, we got sprayed [and] it was like a mud. It was like a thin mud. It kind of covered us up. If we saw mist, I would not turn that camera off. I would sit there in my position unless they told me otherwise.”

“Sometimes we’d have to wipe our foreheads running the camera ’cause [it
got] on your forehead bad enough you’d pray it don’t get in your eyes,” Hobbes adds. “They gave us instructions to wipe that camera down and clean it every night, but they never told us anything about wiping ourselves down.”

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Webinar: AGU’s New Ethics and Equity Center

Published on Apr 8, 2019

Learn all about the resources available via AGU’s New Ethics and Equity Center. Featuring AGU’s Vice President of Ethics Billy Williams and Manager of Higher Education Pranoti Asher.