Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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"Many had waited for this book, and Gillam delivered...In a work that evokes 'Silent Spring,' the self-described 'Kansas girl' closely followed the international furor over Monsanto's Roundup herbicide...This timely and well-organized examination of one of the world's most compelling controversies over science and agriculture is well-researched and beautifully written."
(Rachel Carson Environment Book Award)

"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)

"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)

"Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative...A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
(Kirkus)

"Whitewash is a gutsy, compelling read from beginning to end...a clarion call for action."
(Society of Environmental Journalists)

"A hard-hitting investigation."
(Environment Guru)

"A well-documented compedium of wrongs, fraud, conflicts of interest, undue influence, and troubling forms of plain old public relations."
(Los Angeles Review of Books)

"Gillam lays out a truly frightening yet crucial narrative surrounding the use of the famous chemical [glyphosate]."

(Paleo)

"'Outrage' is the only word that captures the experience of reading Carey Gillam's Whitewash...Her exhaustive examination of the history of glyphosate—the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup—reveals that a herbicide as common as laundry detergent is the health and environmental calamity of modern agriculture...This is a story about what happens to public health and the environment when capitalism overthrows the social contract and the fever for profit poisons the heart against all morality."
(Sierra)

"Must-read...Just as Rachel Carson started the environmental revolution which led to getting the dangerous pesticide DDT banned over 40 years ago...I believe [Whitewash] will have the same impact on our world."

(Food Babe)

About the Author

Carey Gillam is a journalist, researcher, and writer with more than twenty-five years of experience covering corporate America. A former senior correspondent for Reuters international news service, she is currently research director for the nonprofit U.S. Right to Know.
 

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1610918320
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1610918329
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Island Press; 1st Edition (October 10, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 192 ratings