Fotograf Magazine

Mathieu Asselin

Melon-Sized Corn, Orange Rain and a Two-Headed Baby

If Monsanto were a villain, its cinematic depiction would be on par with other current popular antagonists. The name of this global American corporation which trades mostly in agricultural pesticides, genetically modified seeds, and pharmaceutic products has appeared in a large number of documentaries and activist films, especially in connection with Monsanto’s breaching of ethical and health standards. Monsanto’s prominent trespasses include the production of a pesticide which the US army used at scale under the name Agent Orange in the Vietnam war. In many regions of Vietnam, the locals still suffer from various handicaps and health consequences due to Agent Orange contamination. Thus, both its present and its past make Monsanto the perfect candidate for an investigation of a scope corresponding to the company’s global nature.

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Canfield, Ohio, 2012 Heather Bowser holds a photograph of her father. Morris served in Viet Nam in areas that were sprayed with Agent Orange while he was stationed there. Morri’s many health problems were directly linked to exposure to Agent Orange. Bill Morris passed away on March 11, 1998.
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 2015 Thuy Linh, 21 years old. Third generation Agent Orange victim genetic malformation, born without arms. Thuy Linh finished high school 2 years ago. She applied to many universities to study but most of them didn’t accept her because of her missing arms. Her mother finally found a school willing to admit her. She finished her course in design a few months ago. Currently, she is looking for a suitable job. She went to Tû Dû Obstetrics Hospital when she was 3 years old and stayed until she was 18.

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