For ten years in Vietnam, it rained a chemical mist. It was the height of the Vietnam War, and planes and helicopters flew over top of the country, spraying out a toxic chemical called Agent Orange.
The plan was to wipe out the enemy’s food supply. Agent Orange was an incredibly potent herbicide made even stronger in the hands of the U.S. and South Vietnamese Air Forces, who mixed it to 13 times its usual strength. It could obliterate whole farms and wipe out entire forests with nothing more than a gentle mist. Their plan was to leave the Viet Cong exposed and hungry — but they couldn’t have imagined the full impact that this plan would ultimately have.