Parkinson’s Disease in Hard-Working Farmers & Agricultural Workers
Studies Tie Paraquat Herbicide Exposure to Parkinson’s Disease, a Disabling Neurodegenerative Disorder
Significant Financial Compensation May Be Available For Farm And Agricultural Workers Exposed and Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
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.
Data linking Paraquat to Parkinson’s disease… “About as persuasive as it gets” – NIH Scientist
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.
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