A toxic weedkiller linked to
Parkinson’s disease

Paraquat is banned in more than 60 countries, but millions of pounds of paraquat are sprayed in the U.S. every year. Paraquat threatens the people who apply the chemical, those who work on farms, and others who live nearby.

Researchers found people who sprayed paraquat were more than twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease as those who applied other pesticides. Exposure to paraquat is also associated with other health effects, including cancer, and ingesting even tiny amounts can be lethal.

Syngenta, the Swiss-based company owned by a Chinese state enterprise, makes paraquat and has long understood these risks, but hid what they knew from the public and the Environmental Protection Agency.

It's possible to grow crops without spraying this killer herbicide. We will continue to push states, EPA and Congress to take action to protect consumers and workers.

68 countries have banned the pesticide paraquat

The New Lede uncovered Syngenta's paraquat secrets, a collection of documents outlining the timeline linked to paraquat manufacturers' alarming complacency for public health.

Tell the EPA: Ban Parkinson’s Linked Pesticide

We only have until April 1 to encourage the EPA to listen to science and BAN paraquat.

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Why is this product still being used?

While more that 60 countries have banned paraquat, millions of pounds of this dangerous chemical are still being sprayed in the US annually, posing serious threats to agriculture workers and nearby communities.

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Environmental Working Group submits comments to the EPA on the registration review for the pesticide paraquat dichloride, commonly called paraquat.