How long has Paraquat been used as a herbicide?
Paraquat has been used as a herbicide since the early 1960s, paraquat dichloride is applied to control weeds and grasses. It is also applied as a desiccant before harvest. Paraquat has been widely used in some 130 countries to grow corn, orchards, soybeans, vegetables, potatoes, rice, cotton, apples, coffee, and many other important crops. Non-agricultural area uses include roadsides, highway margins, and around commercial buildings, power plants, storage yards, and avenues.
Paraquat is the second best-selling herbicide in the world, only behind glyphosate. In 2015, seven million pounds were applied in the United States, on almost 15 million hectares.
Who makes Paraquat?
Syngenta is the leading manufacturer of paraquat under the trade name of Gramoxone. ChemChina bought Syngenta in 2017. Paraquat is produced at Syngenta's facilities in the UK and China, although the herbicide is banned for use (not for export) in both countries. More than 60 countries have banned paraquat.
What is Parkinson's disease?
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term progressive disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement. Damage to nerve cells in the brain causes a drop in dopamine levels, leading to symptoms that generally develop slowly over the years. An early sign of Parkinson's disease can be a tremor in one hand. Additional symptoms may include slow movements, stiffness, and loss of balance.
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