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, agricultural workers in the United States have been using paraquat to destroy weeds and grasses that are resistant to glyphosate, another toxic herbicide sold under the brand name Roundup. Because paraquat is highly toxic, only licensed applicators who underwent the mandatory training provided by the Environmental Protection Agency can use it. In our country, paraquat is available mainly as a solution that is sold in various strengths. It is classified as a "restricted use pesticide".

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the estimated paraquat use in agriculture has doubled from 2013 to 2017, which is the latest year for which figures are available. It was found that approximately 10,000,000 pounds of paraquat are used by agricultural workers every year. However, paraquat is not employed in relatively equal amounts by farmers in each state and, consequently, there are certain states where the use of paraquat is significantly greater. Approximately 3 pounds of paraquat are used per square mile in the following U.S. states, which is a tremendous amount:

  • California
  • Texas
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Iowa
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina

It is important to be aware of the places with the greatest paraquat use, as exposure to the herbicide 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.

Between 3,500 and 8,500 acres of fallow land treated with paraquat were reported every year between 2010 and 2018. While the rates vary, they are typically between 0.50 lb. and 1.0 lb. per acre. Unfortunately, there are no measures you can take if you live near a farm whose agricultural workers use paraquat, as you will inevitably be exposed to a certain extent. Alarmingly, 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.

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

Since 1990, we have been pursuing compensation on behalf of victims of toxic exposure, which is our main area of practice. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping as many people who developed Parkinson's disease following paraquat exposure as possible obtain the compensation they deserve for their suffering. We will provide you with quality legal assistance to recover the money you are entitled to from the liable manufacturers.

Although the legal process is complex and tedious, it will require minimal involvement on your part. A family member can help you navigate it, as we know 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.

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