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

Introduction: A Silent Stalker1(6)
Chapter 1 What Killed Jack McCall?
Chapter 2 An Award-Winning Discovery
Chapter 3 The "Roundup Ready" 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
About the Author295(2)

Gillam, a journalist, researcher, and writer, tells the story of glyphosate, the weed-killing ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup; the questions raised about its safety; and how it has been linked to cancers and other diseases. She describes the legal claims of Americans who believe Roundup caused their cancer, how companies have whitewashed the facts about crops and chemicals and their risks, how scientists have been attacked for their concerns about these risks, efforts by regulators to protect public health and appease corporate interests, how scientific findings have been suppressed by government agricultural researchers, and how corporations and public and private scientists have manipulated regulators and lawmakers into allowing increased uses of the chemical and funded scientists to lobby on behalf of its safety. Annotation 2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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.

Better known as Roundup, the widely used weed-killer glyphosate has been either a tremendous boon for farmers and gardeners or a serious health hazard, depending on who's doing the appraisal. As veteran investigative journalist Gillam points out in this unsettling report on the herbicide 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. Despite being hyped by Monsanto as "safe enough to drink," cutting-edge research in the last decade has uncovered disturbing evidence of glyphosate's role in causing cancer and endocrine disruption, among other dire health issues. Drawing on her experience covering agricultural topics for Reuters, Gillam used freedom of information requests to uncover incriminating correspondence showing that Monsanto colluded with health regulators from the FDA and EPA to cover up glyphosate's dangerous side effects. 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. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

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