Author of WHITEWASH: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science
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. The Society for Environmental Journalists says Gillam “comes at one of the world’s most powerful corporations hard and doesn’t hold back, something legions of other journalists have been reluctant to do.”
Carey Gillam is a Kansas girl, of the heart and home. But her research has taken her throughout rural America. She has spent time with row crop farmers, ranchers, vegetable growers and orchard operators from the Dakotas to Texas, and from California to the Southeast. She has been welcomed inside the high-tech laboratories, greenhouses and corporate offices of some of the largest U.S. agribusinesses. And she has spent countless hours interviewing key U.S. regulators, lawmakers, and scientists. With years of this behind-the-scenes reporting, Gillam has developed deep insight into the risks and rewards of the modern-day food system, and hopes to share that knowledge with others who care about the food they eat and feed to their families.
Ms Gillam has been researching and investigating the Round Up/Glyphosate story since 1998 and this is worth the listen for sure
In a first, a team of lawyers have managed to get Monsanto to trial in California for a class action to attempt to prove the connection between Round Up and Non Hodgkins Lymphoma
Early on, agri business was using 40 million pounds per year of Glyphosates, today it is 300 Million pounds
Glyphosates are being detected in virtually all non organic foods, never mind GMO foods
Ms. Gillam suggests the corruption of science with “Ghost Writing” and the unholy alliance with the FDA allows the poisoning of people to continue today
The glyphosate and the Shikamate pathway is explained and how it is disrupting the mico biome of the gut
She believes the new EPA Administrator is bad news for the health and safety of American’s
Carey Gillam and her research into the use of Round Up and Glyphosates over the past twenty years, May 14, 2018