Paraquat: Unacceptable health risks for users
This revised report shows that the herbicide paraquat continue to cause daily suffering to a very large number of farmers, workers and their families. Problems resulting from paraquat exposure are found around the world: from the United States to Japan and from Costa Rica to Malaysia. The injuries suffered are debilitating and sometimes fatal. Associated chronic health problems are now being identified. This updated report also shows that many basic conditions have not changed: In developing countries in particular, paraquat is widely used under high–risk conditions. Problems of poverty are exacerbated by the exposure to hazardous chemicals, as users have no means to protect themselves. Personal protective equipment is largely not available; it is costly and impossible to wear in hot working conditions. While education, training and information about alternatives and pesticide risk are urgently needed to avoid pesticide use and poisonings, the basic problem is the use of high-risk chemicals like paraquat under conditions of poverty.
|Title:||Paraquat: Unacceptable health risks for users|
|Appears in Sub-Collections:||Highly Hazardous Pesticides|
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