Paraquat is used extensively by farmers to produce crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts and wheat, as well as sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes, grapes and strawberries. Paraquat's effectiveness against "superweeds", which have developed resistance, has seen its use double in the last decade.
Paraquat can also be used to desiccate crops before harvest, such as cotton. Paraquat is used by farmers to apply over 10 million pounds each year. Paraquat is a dangerous herbicide that can be harmful to people. The people who are exposed to paraquat can file a lawsuit regarding this herbicide by finding a Paraquat Parkinsons lawyer.
Research has shown that paraquat users are twice as likely than others to develop Parkinson's disease. Paraquat can also be carried into nearby areas by the wind, which can cause the chemical to spread to other areas.
Paraquat is a toxic pesticide that the EPA has classified as a restricted use pesticide. Only certified applicators with approved training can use paraquat products. Paraquat is not permitted to be used in homes. It cannot also be used around schools, parks and golf courses.
Paraquat exposure is most likely to occur in the vicinity of farmers and other agricultural workers. These are the most common ways that exposure to paraquat can occur:
- Mixing paraquat or loading it
- Paraquat spraying
- Maintenance of tanks and equipment that spray paraquat
- Spending time in fields where paraquat has been sprayed
Paraquat exposure has been linked to Parkinson's disease in many people, even those living near areas where it is used. Paraquat is used in large quantities by many farmers without realizing its harmful effects. This makes it even more alarming.