Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez has introduced legislation that would eliminate paraquat (a toxic herbicide) in the United States. More than 30 countries around the world — including China and the European Union — have already banned paraquat. Now, it’s time for the U.S. to eliminate this dangerous chemical.
Research shows that paraquat greatly increases the risk of a person developing Parkinson’s disease. Recurring exposure to paraquat can damage brain cells and lead to heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure and lung scarring. Ingesting large quantities leads to likely death, with no remedy or cure. Paraquat is dangerous to Americans who work in food and agriculture, but also to everyone who eats food treated with it, as there can be paraquat residue on fruits, vegetables and the soil.
The purpose of this act is to protect Americans and guard the safety of our communities by eliminating the use of paraquat in the United States. This legislation has been years in the making, and we’re asking for your help to get it through the House of Representatives. We’ll reach out for your support again when the Senate considers this issue.
Right now, Representative Velázquez and her co-sponsors need other members of the House of Representatives to join them in sponsoring the bill. Please send the email below to your Representative to ask them to support eliminating paraquat and to protect people from developing Parkinson’s disease.
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