Herbicide Exposure Linked To Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease in Hard-Working Farmers & Agricultural Workers
Significant Financial Compensation May Be Available For Farm And Agricultural Workers Exposed and Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Studies Tie Paraquat Herbicide Exposure to Parkinson’s Disease, a Disabling Neurodegenerative Disorder
Paraquat makers refused to disclose the risk of Parkinson’s Disease on its label, putting commercial farm workers and licensed agricultural users at serious risk.
A series of important studies found that commercial agricultural workers, including farmworkers, golf course maintenance crews, and greenhouse workers, who were certified and trained to use Paraquat and bystanders exposed to spray drift may have suffered serious injury due to the toxicity of the herbicide.
Data Linking Paraquat to Parkinson’s Disease
Paraquat is often used to control weeds in soybean, corn and other crops, grapes and orchards, pasture and hay fields, and to defoliate cotton.
Studies show that workers who mixed, sprayed, or were exposed to the chemical are at higher risk. In fact, a 2011 Study by the National Institutes of Health and Parkinson’s Institute surveyed farmers in North Carolina and Iowa and determined these farmers were 2 ½ times more likely to develop Parkinson’s if they were exposed to Paraquat or Rotenone.
And, in 2012, a study found that individuals with certain genetics who were exposed to Paraquat were 11 times more likely to develop PD.