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

by Carey Gillam Island Press
Pub Date:
10/2019
ISBN:
9781642830422
Format:
Pbk 328 pages
Price:
AU$54.99 NZ$56.51
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Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, First Place (2018)

IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year: Most Likely to Save the Planet (2018)

Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award (2018)

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

"A damning picture...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.

Preface
Introduction. A Silent Stalker
Chapter 1. What Killed Jack McCall?
Chapter 2. An Award-Winning Discovery     
Chapter 3. The “Roundup Readya Rollout
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
Acknowledgments
Notes
About the Author
Index

 

"Carey Gillam has brilliantly assembled the facts and describes how Monsanto and other agricultural chemical companies lied about their products, covered up the damaging data, and corrupted government officials in order to sell their toxic products around the world."
Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, researcher, and writer with more than 25 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. She is currently Research Director for the nonprofit U.S. Right to Know.