the 1980s, the only generally agreed human effect of dioxin was
chloracne, a skin disease that can be disfiguring but is not generally
fatal. This was despite hundreds of studies undertaken during the
late 1970s and 1980s indicating otherwise. Nevertheless, a handful
of studies funded by Monsanto and BASF, which purported to show
no health effects from dioxin exposure, apart from chloracne, proved
disproportionately influential, notwithstanding their dubious methodology.