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What is Paraquat?

Paraquat dichloride is a chemical herbicide. It’s highly effective in eliminating weeds that are resistant to glyphosate—an active ingredient in competitor, Roundup. Paraquat is also categorized as a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP). The EPA regulates its distribution. Further, Paraquat purchasers must register with the Agency. Paraquat is also prohibited in residential areas. As such, it’s popularly used for commercial agriculture.

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Paraquat Usage

Paraquat has been on the market for nearly 60 years. It’s used on more than 100 crops, including some household staples such as corn, soybeans, peanuts, almonds, garlic, pears, strawberries, grapes, artichokes, and sweet potatoes. Paraquat is also popular outside the U.S. and is employed in more than 120 countries. However, the herbicide has also been banned in 32 countries, including within the European Union.

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Paraquat Poisoning

Paraquat has been on the market for nearly 60 years. It’s used on more than 100 crops, including some household staples such as corn, soybeans, peanuts, almonds, garlic, pears, strawberries, grapes, artichokes, and sweet potatoes. Paraquat is also popular outside the U.S. and is employed in more than 120 countries. However, the herbicide has also been banned in 32 countries, including within the European Union.

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Paraquat Links to Parkinson’s Disease

In recent years, research has found causal links between Paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s disease. Several studies have uncovered a higher rate of Parkinson’s disease later in life for former Paraquat users. It’s believed the cellular damage caused by Paraquat puts individuals at greater risk of developing Parkinson’s. Studies have also shown that elevated Parkinson’s diagnoses are not limited to agricultural occupations. This discovery broadens the potential reach of exposure—and possibilities for Paraquat litigation.