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In a final gift to the pesticide industry, the departing administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to approve continued use of paraquat, the most deadly herbicide used in this country today.
Paraquat is manufactured by the pesticide giant Syngenta, and has already been banned in many countries around the world — including the European Union, China and Brazil — due to its incredibly high toxicity.
This isn’t just a problem of acute (short-term) toxicity. Scientific studies link chronic paraquat exposure with increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease — and it’s a suspected endocrine disrupting chemical as well.
Yet paraquat use in the U.S. is higher now than it has been in the past 25 years, and continues to rise.
EPA itself found serious risks to farmers and farm workers who are exposed to high levels of paraquat on the job, as well as considerable harms to mammals, birds and pollinators that forage near treated fields. The measures the agency proposes to address these concerns are completely inadequate.
Thank you for taking a stand against this blatant failure to protect public health and the environment!
P.S. Thanx to my friend Honey who sent me this petition