EPA Reapproves Toxic Herbicide, Disregards Links to Parkinson’s

Imagine if the amount of effort that was spent fighting “global warming” was spent trying to regulate these poisonous chemicals in our food and in our entire environment.

The Guardian:

The US Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down on its controversial finding that a toxic herbicide is safe for use across millions of acres of American cropland, despite what public health advocates characterize as virtual “scientific proof” the product causes Parkinson’s disease.

The agency in 2021 reapproved paraquat-based herbicides for use, but a coalition of agricultural and public health groups sued, charging that the EPA had ignored broad scientific consensus linking the substance to Parkinson’s.

The EPA agreed to reassess the most current science, but last week released a new draft report reaffirming the substance’s safety. But the lawsuit’s plaintiffs say the agency again ignored evidence of the Parkinson’s risk, including dozens of peer-reviewed studies sent to it by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

By re-approving the “highly lethal” substance, the EPA has “violated the law” and put industry interests before public health, the plaintiffs allege.

“There is an incredibly overwhelming body of evidence on this that has been accepted by scientists across the globe, and the EPA’s decision really placed it at odds with the best available science,” said Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, a senior attorney with Earthjustice, the suit’s lead plaintiff.

The EPA’s decision is the latest salvo in a decades-long battle over the use of paraquat, which is a highly effective weed killer. Elsewhere, Syngenta, which produces the substance, has lost – nearly 60 countries have banned paraquat. A state-owned Chinese company bought Syngenta in 2017, but China still prohibits the product, as do the UK and EU.

About 8m pounds annually are sprayed on US grapes, almonds, soya beans, cotton and other crops, most commonly in California’s Central Valley, Iowa and the Mississippi River Valley. The substance’s use tripled in the US between 2008 and 2018.

Research shows the paraquat interferes with dopamine production and regulation, and people with Parkinson’s have reduced dopamine levels. Paraquat is also linked to respiratory damage and kidney disease, and ingestion of a single teaspoon is considered deadly.

In my experience, people do not know about this issue, and if you inform them about it, they do not care. Apparently, they assume that if this was important, the media would tell them about it.

Instead, the media tells them about global warming, which is a total hoax and not even real at all.