Q. Are there alternatives to paraquat?

A. There is no effective alternative to paraquat. Paraquat has unique properties. It is the only broad-spectrum, rapid-action precision herbicide. Other broad-spectrum materials are slow acting, strongly or moderately systemic, and are sensitive to post-application weather. As a result, they are not effective alternatives to paraquat in markets requiring rapid, precision use, crop safety and soil conservation through the retention of roots. Paraquat makes farming of certain staple crops viable in developing countries, generating greater social and economic benefits, while reducing soil and wind erosion and protecting the land for future generations.