In the Western world many of us take for granted that much of our daily diet comes from produce grown overseas. Things like bananas, pineapples, coffee and vegetable oil are commonplace everyday ingredients. And yet the trail of destruction that goes behind their creation is often hidden. One part of it should not be forgotten – Paraquat. It’s not some far off place or a type of super sweet orange. It’s considered the most effective herbicide in the world. The problem is, it’s also highly toxic, killing or destroying the health of those that work with it.
This short video explains a lot more about Paraquat and it’s effects:
Dangerous effects of Paraquat range from lung conditions to death. Not only is this damaging for the workers in developing nations, lethal for their families and society, it’s also possible that traces of it are still on your food. Paraquat, a viologen, is quick-acting and non-selective, killing green plant tissue on contact. It is also toxic to human beings and animals. Research has shown that it is linked to development of Parkinson’s disease.
We need to stop Paraquat. Within the EU it’s become banned, yet it’s one of the most widely used herbicides in the world and sold aggressively in the third world. There are numerous other alternative herbicides to Paraquat that are safer to the whole ecosystem.
We support efforts get this poison stopped. Wherever possible, vote with your wallet and support organic produce. Get informed about the subject by seeing how Syngenta, manufacturer of Paraquat, was a nominee for worst company in the world in the 2012 Public Eye Awards. Support organisations like the Pesticide Action Network who are fighting to bring common sense back to agriculture with ecologically sound choices. Importantly, don’t fall for these common myths on pesticides.