Defoliants are chemical agents that cause plants to shed their leaves. They are often used in agricultural practices to facilitate harvesting, prevent the spread of disease, or improve the appearance of crops. In some cases, defoliants may also be used as a military tactic to destroy enemy crops and vegetation, denying cover and sustenance to enemy forces. The most well-known example of this is Agent Orange, a herbicide used during the Vietnam War. Prolonged or excessive exposure to chemical defoliants can have harmful effects on human health, including skin irritation, damage to the respiratory system, and potential long-term consequences such as cancer and reproductive issues.