Parkinson’s is often characterized by a latency period of 10-20 years after exposure to dichloride, but reportedly as few as five and up to 50 years.
More than 32 countries have banned Paraquat’s sale and use, including the entire EU and China, though it is still manufactured in a few countries where otherwise banned. The U.S., however, still allows for purchase and application by licensed applicators. In fact, use of Paraquat has increased in the U.S. over recent years since it is such an effective herbicide.
According to the Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, evidence strongly suggests that chronic exposure to Paraquat can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 200–600%.
Paraquat is lethally toxic. As the current labeling states, “One Sip Can Kill.”
Thousands of cases have already been filed against the makers of Paraquat for farmers, agricultural workers and even bystanders who used or were exposed to Paraquat fumes and developed Parkinson’s disease. While many different companies manufacture Paraquat products worldwide, Gramoxone, manufactured by Syngenta, is one of the most recognized brands in the United States.