Paraquat is among the most widely used industrial herbicides throughout the United States. It is also among the most dangerous, with just one sip proving to have deadly consequences.
What is Paraquat?
Paraquat is the second most used weed killer on an international level, trailing only glyphosate (found in RoundUp). 7 million pounds of Paraquat were applied to nearly 15 million acres in the United States alone. Herbicide Gramoxone contains Paraquat as an active ingredient. It has been in use since 1961, and its toxicity is what makes it so effective in controlling weeds.