Protect the Pesticide Paraquat from Being Banned in Australia

Protect the Pesticide Paraquat from Being Banned in Australia

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Did you know that there is a substance out in the world that can be easily purchased and can kill you with one 10 milliliter sip? Of course you do, it’s called bleach! Bleach isn’t what this is about however, I am here to discuss the matter of another substance that only 10 milliliters can kill you, however 12 million people didn’t admit to ingesting this substance last year, this is called paraquat. Paraquat is an effective pesticide that is commonly used with farmers and especially our farmers here in Australia, it is also currently under threat of being banned in our country. How can it possibly be fair to ban this reliant resource? This resource that brings food to our plates, it’d be like draining a river feeding a village to stop a wolf problem, it is checkmating ourselves.

Yes, there is indeed an issue with paraquat, and that issue is just how toxic this chemical is. This problem is dealt with by how inaccessible this substance is to buy. Whilst it is found in a lot of places you need an agricultural chemical users permit (ASUP) to even buy this pesticide, this license takes many hours of training of safety to receive. I believe this issue is quite small in the grand scheme of things, I say this because this substance is what a lot of Australian farmers rely on for their crops to survive. Jake Hamilton, one of our farmers said, “We [farmers] are aware of how toxic it [paraquat] is. We take all of the precautions that we have to be safe with it," this shows how those who use this useful pesticide are well educated in the art."We're worried that if the registration is taken away that means that we're going to have to resort to using different, more expensive products that may not be as effective as paraquat." This explains just how reliant we are on this pesticide.

Now you understand how useful and needed this pesticide actually is, do you think it’s fair for these companies and even countries to ban this? Let's bring up a country such as China, China had banned paraquat on the 1st of July 2016, by doing this farmers no longer had access to this effective and cheap pesticide. If this is supposed to prevent death by this pesticide then tell me why 5000 people die in China due to the ingestion of paraquat? All China did by banning paraquat was put more financial stress on their farmers to slightly reduce the death rate from this starvation stopper. If this is the result of banning paraquat, why are we letting people at change.org petition against this thing that helps so much more than it damages?

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