Paraquat has been used on crops by the agricultural industry since the mid-20th-century because of its effectiveness in clearing unwanted weeds from the soil. Although the herbicide can be very toxic if inhaled, there are several studies that have been done in the U.S. to link Parkinson's disease to prolonged exposure to Paraquat.
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Paraquat: What you need to know
Paraquat, also known as paraquat dichloride or simply paraquat, can be manufactured in many different countries using various trade names. Gramoxone is the most popular trade name. It is used by Syngenta, an American-owned company based in Switzerland.
The herbicide's toxic nature makes it illegal to use in 32 countries. This includes China, where it is still being manufactured for export, and Switzerland, which has banned its export since October 2020. Although the product is not prohibited in the United States, it is heavily regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Paraquat can pose serious health hazards if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. This is why the EPA requires that the chemical have a dye and odor to induce vomiting in the event of ingestion. Paraquat handling requires the use of protective equipment to protect skin from inhalation and skin absorption.