Researchers have been aware for 20 years about the link between paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease. It’s banned in both Europe and China – yet the US continues to use it.
January 20, 2017
Like other pesticides, paraquat has been the subject of controversy for some time now. In Switzerland, for example, the toxic substance has been banned since 1989. The rest of the European Union has followed the Swiss’ lead, including England — even though there is still a factory there where paraquat is manufactured for export. (RELATED: Follow more news headlines on pesticides at Pesticide.news)
Even China has phased out the use of paraquat. In 2012, the Chinese government announced that the pesticide would no longer be used in order to “safeguard people’s lives.” China is not a nation that is recognized for its environmental protection policies. If they’re concerned about this pesticide, it stands to reason we should be too.
And yet, for some reason, paraquat is still available in the United States — even in spite of the growing body of research…
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