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Four Corners investigation finds dangerous dioxins in widely used herbicide 24D | ABC News | 22 Jul 2013 – An urgent review is underway after a Four Corners investigation found elevated levels of dangerous dioxins in a generic version of 24D, one of Australia’s most widely used herbicides.

Agent Orange used as herbicide throughout the Kimberley | The Stringer | 15 Mar 2013 – …Cyril Hunter, died in 1983 from exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used en masse during the Vietnam War. Mr Hunter had been employed to spray Agent Orange as a herbicide throughout the Kimberley.

USDA says more review needed for new Monsanto, Dow GMO crops | Reuters | 10 May 2013 – The (US) Department of Agriculture said Friday it will extend its scrutiny of controversial proposed biotech crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical, and Monsanto Co. after receiving an onslaught of opposition to the companies’ plans.

MEDIA RELEASE: Action needed on importation and trade of illegal agricultural chemicals | CropLife | 27 Sep 2011 -Illegal pesticides endanger agriculture, human health, the environment and the economy. The global trade in illegal and fake pesticides is growing and Australia is at risk. [PDF 70Kb]

Transcript: Dr Andrew Harper | Perspective: Radio National | Sep 2004 – Today the Fitzroy Valley and the Ord Valley in the Kimberley are quarantined for recreational use due to weeds such as Parkinson and Noogoora Burr. These same weeds were the focus of a chemical weed eradication program in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The difference s between now and then are that most of the kangaroos have gone, parts of the river are no longer open for fishing, many of the workers who sprayed the weeds have died, numbers of sprayers are unwell and many Kimberley families feel they have been used and abused through the herbicide spraying program.

Transcript: Agent Orange herbicide compensation decision | 7.30 Report | Feb 2004 – It’s most notably associated with the Vietnam War, but a herbicide used in the highly toxic chemical cocktail Agent Orange was still being used in Australia as late as the 1980s. Report by Kerry O’Brien.

By Janine Cohen and Karen Michelmore | Updated July 23, 2013 10:47:00 | abc.net.au

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