Paraquat and Parkinson’s link urges cautious use

Associate Professor John Power, head of the Parkinson and Alzheimer Disease Laboratory at Flinders University, said he wanted to raise awareness about the poison in the farming community.

“Be aware that when you are using it you should be gowned and gloved, wear a respirator and mask etc,” Professor Power said.

“Take the precautions that are required and don’t become complacent.

But Parkinson’s Australia last week denied media reports that the organisation was set to launch a national campaign to stop the use of paraquat.

The herbicide is used to control broadleaf weeds and