WHITEWASH

WHITEWASH

The Story of A Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

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"Reads like a mystery novel as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsanto's secretive strategies."—Erin Brockovich

"A damning picture of the peddling of glyphosate...Gillam expertly covers a contentious front." —Publishers Weekly


"A must-read." —Booklist

"Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative." —Kirkus


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.

 
 

"Reads like a mystery novel as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsanto's secretive strategies."—Erin Brockovich
"A damning picture of the peddling of glyphosate...Gillam expertly covers a contentious front." —Publishers Weekly

"A must-read." —Booklist
"Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative." —Kirkus


In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture. Gillam explores the global debate over the safety of a pesticide so pervasive that it is found in our cereals, snacks, and even in our urine. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is sold as safe enough to drink, but Gillam’s research shows that message has been carefully crafted to conceal a host of dangers. Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.
 


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Gillam, a journalist, researcher, and writer, tells the story of glyphosate, the weed-killing ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup; the questions raised about its safety; and how it has been linked to cancers and other diseases. She describes the legal claims of Americans who believe Roundup caused their cancer, how companies have whitewashed the facts about crops and chemicals and their risks, how scientists have been attacked for their concerns about these risks, efforts by regulators to protect public health and appease corporate interests, how scientific findings have been suppressed by government agricultural researchers, and how corporations and public and private scientists have manipulated regulators and lawmakers into allowing increased uses of the chemical and funded scientists to lobby on behalf of its safety. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Island Pr 2017
ISBN: 9781610918329
1610918320

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