Which states use the largest amounts of paraquat?

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on March 10th, 2021

Paraquat, a toxic herbicide, has been widely used throughout the United States since 1962. It can be found under numerous brand names, such as Blanco and Parazone, and most products that contain it have a concentration of 44% paraquat. However, there are certain states where paraquat is employed in tremendous amounts.

Since 1962, paraquat has been used by agricultural workers to destroy weeds and grasses that are resistant to glyphosate, another toxic herbicide sold under the brand name Roundup. Nevertheless, the use of paraquat has skyrocketed over recent years, as the employment of this herbicide doubled from 2011 to 2017. It went from over 3 million kilograms to 7 million kilograms being used throughout the country. Because paraquat is highly toxic, only licensed applicators who underwent the mandatory training provided by the Environmental Protection Agency can use it. There are certain states where agricultural workers such as farmers employ tremendous amounts of paraquat, with California being the leading state where this herbicide is used. Approximately 10,262,736 kilograms of paraquat are used every year in California. The following are the states where paraquat is widely used by agricultural workers, as it can be applied to over 100 different crops:

  • Texas: 8,498,326 kg
  • North Carolina: 4,384,698 kg
  • Illinois: 3,830,541 kg
  • Kansas: 3,736,690 kg
  • Indiana: 3,521,468 kg
  • Georgia: 3,463,475 kg
  • Arkansas: 3,360,273 kg
  • Mississippi: 3,013,062 kg
  • Iowa: 2,995,737 kg

It is important to be aware of the amount of paraquat each state uses, as exposure to paraquat is more likely to occur in people who live in these states, whether they are farmers or individuals who live near farming communities. Exposure to paraquat, especially when it is prolonged or frequent, can lead to Parkinson's disease, a diagnosis for which people with a history of exposure to this herbicide can recover financial compensation with the assistance of a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure. Unfortunately, there are no measures you can take if you live in close proximity to a farm whose agricultural workers use paraquat, as you will inevitably be exposed to a certain extent.

What counties use the largest amounts of paraquat?

There is also data available concerning the counties whose agricultural workers use the largest amounts of paraquat. Unsurprisingly, the first 9 counties that employ tremendous amounts of this herbicide are in California. The following are the top 30 counties that use large amounts of paraquat:

  • Fresno County, California: 2,027,580 kg
  • Kern County, California: 1,976,173 kg
  • Kings County, California: 1,255,401 kg
  • Tulare County, California: 893,526 kg
  • Merced County, California: 767,845 kg
  • San Joaquin County, California: 582,386 kg
  • Madera County, California: 502,629 kg
  • Stanislaus County, California: 447,617 kg
  • Grant County, Washington: 401,038 kg
  • Lynn County, Texas: 389,666 kg
  • Lubbock County, Texas: 372,260 kg
  • Gaines County, Texas: 365,526 kg
  • Yakima County, Washington: 361,223 kg
  • Hockley County, Texas: 345,937 kg
  • Dawson County, Texas: 337,414 kg
  • Terry County, Texas: 320,581 kg
  • Crosby County, Texas: 313,878 kg
  • Mississippi County, Arkansas: 291,762 kg
  • Union County, North Carolina: 284,563 kg
  • Sussex County, Delaware: 265,414 kg
  • Bolivar County, Mississippi: 263,695 kg
  • Lamb County, Texas: 255,685 kg
  • Washington County, Mississippi: 234,619 kg
  • Hale County, Texas: 232,790 kg
  • Benton County, Washington: 231,429 kg
  • Walla Walla County, Washington: 228,429 kg
  • Monterey County, California: 222,869 kg
  • Sunflower County, Mississippi: 215,119 kg
  • Frederick County, Maryland: 213,400 kg
  • Yolo County, California: 212,689 kg

It is worthy of note that the rate of Parkinson's disease diagnosis increased by 107% from 2013 to 2017, which undoubtedly has a connection with the emerging use of paraquat. Nonetheless, it is important to make the difference between paraquat poisoning, which is fatal in 70% of cases, and paraquat exposure, which is a gradual process that can eventually result in Parkinson's disease.

Quality legal assistance for people who developed Parkinson's disease as a consequence of paraquat exposure

Since 1990, we have been pursuing compensation on behalf of victims of toxic exposure, as this is our main area of practice. If you or a family member was exposed to paraquat and came to struggle with Parkinson's disease as a result, we will provide you with quality legal assistance to recover the financial compensation you are entitled to from the liable manufacturers. Although the legal process is complex and tedious, it will require minimal involvement on your part and a family member can help you navigate it, as we are aware that people with this brain disorder have a difficult time explaining their situation.

The only documents we will need from you are evidence of your paraquat exposure and proof of your related diagnosis, which must be Parkinson's disease to qualify for compensation. Furthermore, our legal experts will conduct extensive research to find additional evidence for your toxic exposure claim. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis from the responsible companies. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly answer your questions.