EPA to Reconsider Herbicide Paraquat

This week saw an important breakthrough in ongoing work to ban paraquat, an herbicide thought to increase Parkinson’s risk by 100 to 500 percent. The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Parkinson’s community have long made it a priority to eliminate this environmental trigger of Parkinson’s.Now, due in part to years of effort by Parkinson’s advocates nationwide — including amassing more than 100,000 signatures on a 2019 petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and logging tens of thousands of emails and phone calls to Congress earlier this year — EPA has agreed to reconsider the evidence that paraquat causes brain damage and other harm. This could lead to the chemical being banned in the United States, as it already has been in more than 50 other countries.

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