Paraquat is a non-selective pesticide that is widely used in commercial agriculture. In the United States, the use of paraquat has increased by more than 200% over the last decade, although it is banned in many countries around the world. The link between Paraquat and Parkinson's disease has led many victims to turn to paraquat Parkinson’s attorney-at-law for their legal options.
Herbicides are primarily weed killers. Non-selective herbicides such as paraquat kill all weed, plant, or grass species on which it is used. Selective herbicides are specifically designed to kill only unwanted weeds or grass, leaving the plant or crops you want to grow.
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Paraquat is used to kill the growth of all crops and grasses on the farm, usually between plantings of the desired crop. Once the harvest is complete, farmers apply paraquat to the remains, essentially cleaning whatever is above the soil. This practice avoids laborious and expensive processing.
Many deaths have been linked to accidental ingestion of paraquat. As the death toll rose, the EPA issued a Mitigation Decree in 2017 ordering who could mix and apply herbicides and mandated training for these people. But it was too little, too late. The most dangerous risks of using paraquat are not found in the EPA training or on the paraquat label.
As the disease worsens, it can affect a person's cognitive skills. Parkinson's disease initially causes hand tremors, poor posture, and slow movements. Later stages of the disease can cause inability to walk, stiffness, instability, and disorientation.