Dow Chemical’s Toxic Legacy

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Dow Chemical's Toxic Legacy

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Dow is the world's second largest chemical company, a producer of chemicals, agrochemicals, hydrocarbons, plastics, GMO seeds and other products.

Its Union Carbide subsidiary was responsible for the 1984 Bhopal, India toxic gas leak, considered the world's worst industrial disaster, killing thousands, responsible for hundreds of thousands of non-fatal injuries, causing longterm health problems for victims.

Dow refuses to pay them and families of the deceased compensation. It considers Union Carbide's 1989 $470 million settlement adequate – hardly for over half a million people adversely affected, suffering from health problems.

During the Vietnam War, Dow was criticized by anti-war protesters for the production of napalm and Agent Orange.

The former incendiary weapon was first used during WW II – developed secretly in the early 1940s by
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