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Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

Gillam, Carey

2017, December 14

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It’s the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it’s been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats.

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the pesticide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception.

Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.

Where to Find Resource Online

The book can be purchased online:

     Island Press

     Barnes & Noble


Link to free PDF below.


2018 presentation by Carey Gillam at Beyond Pesticides 36th National Pesticide Forum — A Critical Eye on Pesticides, Science & Industry:

Source link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jglfWrf9Ho

Greater Context

Home website:

     Carey Gillam

Carey Gillam has written a more recent book about Lee Johnson’s lawsuit against Monsanto:

     The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice

Four Corners, ABC News Australia, put out a related documentary in 2018:

     Monsanto Papers Documentary

Other related resources:

     Silent Spring

     Dark Waters

     Toxic Legacy: How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment

Filed under the following tags: environment food government health science

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