How Toxic are Herbicides?

Herbicides have become a common weapon in the war a homeowner fights for the perfect lawn. The easy accessibility of these products may make consumers believe they are only harmful to the weeds they claim to get rid of.

Stories of Paraquat lawsuits as well as lawsuits involving other commonly used herbicides are becoming more prevalent. People are taking action against companies producing toxic herbicides that steal their health. We’re going to examine briefly how you’re exposed to these harmful chemicals, the dangers of herbicides, and steps you can take if you find yourself suffering their ill effects.

How Are You Exposed to Herbicides?

Choosing not to use herbicides on your lawn will not prevent you from coming in contact with them. Some of the place’s herbicides are used are in professional landscaping, in parks, and more notably in farming. Herbicides end up in the local water supply as well. These chemicals often cannot be washed away from the surface of produce and can permeate crops.

Unless you buy only organic, you are likely ingesting the herbicides used by farmers to maintain their crops. Attempting to eliminate exposure to these chemicals by going organic may not be enough to decrease your risks due to how widely herbicides are used.

While some herbicide exposure may be considered safe for humans it doesn’t take into account that some herbicide main ingredients are only safe when not combined with other ingredients that make them toxic. For example, when combined with inert ingredients, glyphosate becomes toxic to human cells.

The Dangers of Herbicides

The dangers of these chemicals can be far reaching beyond any acute symptoms of initial exposure. Unfortunately, the price paid to eliminate undesirable plant-life can come at the cost of your health. It may take years of exposure to these chemicals before you develop symptoms but when these symptoms manifest, they can be devastating.

Toxic herbicides can cause damage to your reproductive system, nervous system, increase your risk of cancer, and irreparably harm your liver and kidneys. Because these effects are not always immediate and the symptoms themselves aren’t noticed until there is great damage done, the dangers of herbicides should not be dismissed lightly.

These chemicals can also affect the health of your unborn child, increasing risks of miscarriage and birth defects.

Here are some chemicals commonly used in herbicides and their toxic effect on humans:

Paraquat

  • Scaring of the lungs
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart failure
  • Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease

2,4-D

  • Liver disease
  • Possible carcinogenic
  • Abnormally shaped sperm

Glyphosate

  • Skin irritation
  • Increases risk of cancer

Atrazine

  • Increased risk of birth defects
  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Reduces male fertility
  • Possible carcinogenic

Exposure to herbicides are not as harmless as the producers of these chemicals would like you to believe. As you can see, some of the most commonly used ingredients in herbicides have been linked to significant health risks.

If you believe you’ve come in contact with a herbicide that has caused harm to your health you’re not powerless. After seeking treatment from your healthcare professional, consider also seeking the counsel of a legal aid team experienced in paraquat lawsuits or lawsuits related to herbicide exposure.