"There’s a weedkiller used in Australia that’s so toxic, one sip could kill
you. It’s called paraquat and debate is brewing over whether it should be
Paraquat is already outlawed in many places around the world. The Australian
Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has been reviewing paraquat’s use
here for more than two decades, and its final decision is due later this year.
We are medical and environmental scientists, and have researched the harmful
effects of paraquat, even when it’s used within the recommended safety range.
We strongly believe the highly toxic chemical should be banned in Australia.
The potentially lethal effects on humans are well known. In Australia in 2012,
for example, a farmer died after a herbicide containing paraquat accidentally
sprayed into his mouth. And our research has found paraquat also causes serious
Note: This also applies to the USA.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics