Utilizing defoliants


Applying a spray or dust to plants to cause their leaves to drop off prematurely. Defoliants are sometimes used on crop plants like cotton to facilitate harvesting. In warfare, defoliants are used to eliminate food crops and potential areas of concealment.


Defoliants were used extensively by American and South Vietnamese forces in the Vietnam War.

Counter Claim:

The use of defoliants has not proved to be effective except as a certain harassment value.


Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions