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Parathion/Ethyl parathion

General Information

  • Fact Sheet: parathion.pdf
  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Organophosphate insecticide
  • Uses: alfalfa, barley, canola, corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, and wheat.
  • Alternatives: Organic agriculture
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Possible (10)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Probable (5)
  • Reproductive Effects: Yes (4)
  • Neurotoxicity: Yes (7)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Not documented
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Not documented
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Yes (4)
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (4)
  • Toxic to Bees: Yes (19)

Additional Information