What Crops Is Paraquat Used On? Paraquat dichloride\u00a0(usually simply called paraquat but\u00a0marketed under various brand names, including Gramoxone) is a highly toxic\u00a0chemical herbicide.\nLike\u00a0Roundup, it is a powerful non-selective contact herbicide, which means that it kills most plants indiscriminately.\nUnlike Roundup, however, paraquat is so highly toxic that it can kill plants that have become resistant to other herbicides.\u00a0 What Dangers Does Paraquat Pose to Human Health? The immediate dangers of paraquat are undisputed.\nThe\u00a0Centers for Disease Control\u00a0notes that if a person ingests even a very small amount of the herbicide, the results can be fatal.\nIn many cases, this has happened by accident when paraquat has been transferred into beverage containers for storage, and an unknowing individual has drunk some of the substance as a result.\nWhile swift emergency medical attention can possibly mitigate the damage, there is no antidote for paraquat ingestion.\nThere are also risks for people who have had contact with herbicides that contain paraquat on their skin, especially if the contact is prolonged or occurs in vulnerable areas such as open wounds.\nAdditionally, inhaling airborne droplets of paraquat can cause serious damage to the lungs.\u00a0\nIn the longer term, many\u00a0scientists have concluded\u00a0that exposure to products containing paraquat can lead to a dramatically increased risk of Parkinson\u2019s disease.\nBecause of this, the manufacturers of paraquat are the target of ongoing\u00a0Multidistrict Litigation\u00a0involving hundreds of lawsuits.\nThis legal action claims that the producers of\u00a0paraquat products\u00a0were negligent in marketing and selling a product that is known to have serious health consequences. Use of Paraquat on American Crops Paraquat has been mass-manufactured for herbicides used on American crops\u00a0since the late 1940s.\nDespite this litigation and a recent tightening of\u00a0restrictions on paraquat\u2019s use\u00a0and handling, farmers in the United States have\u00a0used far more paraquat in recent years than ever before.\nThis is in part because of the notorious health concerns around the use of Roundup.\nIt is also because many weeds have become resistant to herbicides like Roundup, and paraquat is considered to be more effective.\nThere are four typical ways in which paraquat is applied in agricultural settings: To stop unwanted plant or weed growth in the fields of ground crops or fruit tree orchards\nAs a pre-harvest desiccation (drying out) method for crops such as cotton\nAs a \u201cburndown\u201d method to clear fields completely between harvests\nTo kill off entire crops that are unwanted Paraquat is currently used in fields for more than 100 types of crops and trees.\nThese include: Almonds\nArtichokes\nCitrus fruits\nCorn\nCotton\nGarlic\nGrapes\nPeanuts\nPears\nSoybeans\nStrawberries\nSweet potatoes\nWheat Paraquat is also used in non-agricultural settings.\nFor example, it is often used to clear railways and industrial sites of unwanted plant growth. How Does Paraquat Exposure Occur? The scientific community is still learning the various ways in which exposure can happen to humans, as well as the\u00a0extent and nature of the negative effects\u00a0of that exposure.\nThere are still many unknowns about the quantity or size of particles that can cause long-term effects, as well as the amount of time the exposure takes to create serious health issues.\u00a0\nFrom what scientists currently understand,\u00a0exposure\u00a0can occur in the following ways: Direct contact with a paraquat product, such as touching or ingestion\nDirect inhalation of paraquat fumes or particles While this may seem straightforward, it is unclear what proximity is close enough for people to be exposed.\nIn many of the legal cases brought against the manufacturers of products containing paraquat, the plaintiffs have claimed that they have developed Parkinson\u2019s disease and other neurological disorders after working with paraquat in agricultural settings.\nHowever, there are also many people whose Parkinson\u2019s diagnoses have come about after having worked or lived near farms or orchards in which paraquat was used.\u00a0\nThis link has led many people to believe that the chemical particles present a danger for people who are exposed to it at a distance because of drift, runoff, or \u201ccrop duster\u201d overspray. Hold the Manufacturers Accountable and Take a Stand Against Paraquat If you have worked on, worked near, or lived near agricultural facilities that produce the crops listed above, it may be worth considering whether you or your family have had potential long-term exposure to products containing paraquat.\nAs long as the use of this herbicide is permitted in the United States, there will continue to be questions about its health effects on people who are unknowingly exposed to its dangers.\nIf you believe you or a loved one was exposed to paraquat, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.\nTruLaw\u00a0and their\u00a0attorneys\u00a0are investigating paraquat lawsuits today.\nUse our instant\u00a0Case Evaluation tool\u00a0to learn if you are eligible to file a\u00a0lawsuit against the manufacturer of paraquat\u00a0today.