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

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Island Press, Oct 10, 2017 - Social Science - 320 pages
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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 mpopular 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 hof other health threats.

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the mcontroversial 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 exposÚ about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It's a storyof power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.


 

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

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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 ... Read full review

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This tome is nothing but an extended conspiracy theory, attempting to sow doubt in the discussion of GMOs and farming. It consists of hilarious hypocrisy, astonishing omissions, and just utter deceit on Gillam's part. For someone to claim to have no bias but "truth", it's is entirely untruthful to leave out the scientific research on the topic. Completely ignoring the comprehensive National Academy of Sciences report known as the #GECropStudy is like pretending the IPCC doesn't write about climate and doesn't belong in a climate science text. Full details about the manufactured ignorance Gillam delivers can be found in my full review elsewhere. Search for "Gillam and Hogwash". 

Contents

A Silent Stalker
1
Chapter 1 What Killed Jack McCall?
7
Chapter 2 An AwardWinning Discovery
23
Chapter 3 The Roundup Ready Rollout
43
Chapter 4 Weed Killer for Breakfast
55
Chapter 5 Under the Microscope
79
Chapter 6 Spinning the Science
113
Chapter 7 A Poisoned Paradise
135
Chapter 10 When Weeds Dont Die But Butterflies Do
189
Chapter 11 Under the Influence
215
Chapter 12 Seeking Solutions
235
Epilogue
249
Acknowledgments
253
Notes
255
About the Author
295
Index
297

Chapter 8 Angst in Argentina
153
Chapter 9 Uproar in Europe
169
IP Board of Directors
306
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About the author (2017)

Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, researcher, and writer with more than 25 years of experience covering corporate America. A former senior correspondfor Reuters' international news service, Gillam digs deep into the big business of food and agriculture.

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