Cover: An Evaluation of Chemical Crop Destruction in Vietnam

An Evaluation of Chemical Crop Destruction in Vietnam

Published 1967

by R. H. Betts, Frank H. Denton


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An evaluation of the impact of chemical crop destruction on the Viet Cong food supply and on the attitude of the Vietnamese peasant toward the United States and the Government of Vietnam. Data for this analysis were obtained from 206 interviews with former Viet Cong and non-Viet Cong civilians. The data consistently suggest that crop destruction has not, in any major sense, denied food to the Viet Cong. Most of the agricultural produce that is destroyed belongs to the farmers, and the interview responses indicate the peasants' increasing hostility to the program. If it is considered advisable to continue crop spraying, this hostility might be somewhat alleviated if the peasants were more fully informed of the effects of the spray on humans and if assistance were provided to those whose crops are destroyed. Perhaps most important of all is that the GVN attempt to communicate to the peasants its concern for their welfare as Vietnamese citizens

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