Whitewash
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Release Date:01 Nov 2017
ISBN:9781610918329
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Whitewash

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

Island Press

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 corruption. 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.

Journalist Gillam exposes a plethora of scientific research, legal materials, and documentary evidence recovered from corporate and government resources to paint a damning picture of the peddling of glyphosate by Monsanto and other agribusinesses… Gillam expertly covers a contentious front where corporate malfeasance intersects with issues of public health and ecology. Publishers Weekly
Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative…A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits. Kirkus Reviews
As veteran investigative journalist Gillam points out in this unsettling report on [glyphosate] and its drawbacks, most of the positive press comes from the herbicide's manufacturer, Monsanto, who, as the title suggests, 'whitewashed' the scientific data to validate its safety...This is a must-read for everyone concerned about the increasing burden of toxic chemicals in water and food, the health and environmental consequences thereof, and corporate influence on government agencies. Booklist
Whitewash reads like a mystery novel, as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsanto’s secretive strategies to convince countries around the world that its Roundup products are safe. As someone who has experienced similar actions by corporations firsthand in my work far too often, I am hopeful that Carey’s book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace. Erin Brockovich, consumer advocate
In the grand tradition of Silent Spring, Carey Gillam’s Whitewash is a powerful exposé that sheds light on a chemical that — to most of us — is both entirely invisible and yet profoundly damaging to our bodies and our environment. It is a deeply researched, entirely convincing account of the politics, economics, and global health consequences implicit in the spread of the world’s most common herbicide. McKay Jenkins, author of Food Fight and ContamiNation
Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, researcher, and writer with more than twenty-five years of experience covering corporate America. A former senior correspondent for Reuters’ international news service, Gillam digs deep into the big business of food and agriculture.

Preface & Acknowledgements

Introduction. A Silent Stalker

Chapter 1. What Killed Jack McCall?

Chapter 2. An Award-Winning Discovery

Chapter 3. The “Roundup Ready” Roll-Out

Chapter 4. Weed Killer for Breakfast

Chapter 5. Under the Microscope

Chapter 6. Spinning the Science

Chapter 7. A Poisoned Paradise

Chapter 8. Angst in Argentina

Chapter 9. Uproar in Europe

Chapter 10. When Weeds Don’t Die, But Butterflies Do

Chapter 11. Under the Influence

Chapter 12. Seeking Solutions

Epilogue

Notes

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