Whitewash
320 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:14 Jan 2020
ISBN:9781642830422
Hardcover
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

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.

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’ experience in the news industry covering corporate America. Since 1998, Gillam’s work has focused on digging into the big business of food and agriculture. As a former senior correspondent for Reuters’ international news service, and a current contract researcher and freelance writer, Gillam specializes in finding the story behind the spin–uncovering both the risks and rewards of the evolving new age of agriculture. Gillam’s areas of experience include biotech crop technology, agrichemicals and pesticide product development, and the environmental impacts of American food production. Gillam has been recognized as one of the top journalists in the United States covering these issues. She is currently Research Director for the nonprofit U.S. Right to Know.

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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