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What's the Problem With Paraquat?
According to the Pesticide Action Network , “Paraquat is the most highly acutely toxic herbicide to be marketed over the last 60 years”. Additionally, there are dozens of different species of weeds that have become resistant to paraquat, suggesting that the effectiveness of the weed killer is being eroded over time.
There are numerous highly effective alternatives to paraquat that are being used by many nations, none of which have any significant pesticide/herbicide suicide rate.
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Do American Farmers Still Use Paraquat?
Yes. Paraquat has been used commercially in the United States since the early 1960's. The EPA estimates that American farmers use more than 8 billion pounds of paraquat annually.
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Is Diquat Safer Than Paraquat?
Diquat has been found to be significantly less damaging to the skin than paraquat; however, irritant effects may appear following dermal contamination with the concentrate.
What Does Paraquat Do to Humans and Animals?
When ingestion occurs by humans and animals either accidentally or intentionally, paraquat accumulates in the lungs, resulting in the production of oxygen-free radicals, which causes membrane damage and cell death.
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Which U.S. States Use the Most Paraquat?
Paraquat is not used in equal amounts by farmers in each state and, consequently, there are certain states where the use of paraquat weed killers is much greater. Approximately 3 pounds of paraquat are used per square mile in the following U.S. states:
- South Dakota
- North Carolina
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How Do I Get Rid of Weeds in My Yard Permanently?
Using bleach can kill weeds permanently. Apply one cup of undiluted bleach to areas where weeds grow. Wait until the weeds turn brown before pulling them out of the ground. Run water around the area to flush the bleach, especially if you are trying to grow plants or grass in that area.
Does Vinegar Kill Weeds Permanently?
Vinegar can kill weeds permanently, especially when used together with dish soap. Dish soap, vinegar and a spray bottle are all you need for making your own natural weed killer. The acetic acid in vinegar sucks out the water from the weed, which dries it up and kills it.
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Paraquat is a dangerous herbicide that’s available under several brands and manufactured by many corporations in the US.
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