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Where Is Paraquat Most Commonly Found?

Paraquat Use in the United States

Paraquat, a dangerous herbicide, is still widely used throughout the United States. Despite being banned in dozens of other countries, the toxic chemical is applied to crops across the country. While it is restricted to commercial use, farmers consistently apply the potentially deadly pesticide in abundance.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, our attorneys are currently accepting cases related to Paraquat poisoning. Studies show that the dangerous toxin can lead to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease and other adverse health conditions. If you were diagnosed with an illness after paraquat exposure, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free consultation.

Where Is Paraquat Used Most Frequently?

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, over 8 million pounds of paraquat dichloride are used by farmers in the United States each year. In fact, despite multiple studies showing a strong link between the toxic chemical and an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease and other potential harm, the use of the pesticide is higher than it has been in the past 25 years.

States where paraquat is used most frequently:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Estimates show that since 2009 paraquat use is up nearly 200% due to growing resistance from weeds to other herbicides, such as Roundup. The increase is staggering and puts millions of people at risk of harm. 

What Crops Is Paraquat Applied To?

The states where paraquat is most frequently used are usually those with large supplies of crops. Agricultural states such as California and Kansas have some of the highest paraquat use in the nation.

Paraquat is most commonly used on the following crops:

  • Soybeans
  • Cotton
  • Orchards and grapes
  • Pasture and hay
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Alfafa

These crops are then shipped throughout the country. While the Environmental Protection Agency has received ample information about paraquat’s potential harm, little has been done to stop the use of the product. 

In 2019, a bill was introduced in the House to prohibit the sale and use of paraquat, but it was referred to the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research where no subsequent action has been taken. 

What Is the Risk of Paraquat Exposure?

Paraquat exposure is extremely serious and potentially fatal. Exposure can occur through skin absorption, ingestion, or inhalation. Studies show that frequent or prolonged exposure to the toxin may lead to Parkinson’s disease. 

Individuals most affected by exposure tend to be farmers and agricultural workers who work on or near crops where the pesticide is used and individuals who live near these farms. 

Currently, lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturers of products with paraquat dichloride. The lawsuits allege that the manufacturers knew of the dangers of the product and failed to adequately warn consumers. Our office can help you file a paraquat lawsuit today. 

Contact Our Office to Discuss Your Case with an Attorney

If you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after paraquat exposure, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started.

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