- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Island Press (3 October 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1642830429
- ISBN-13: 978-1642830422
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 449 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science Paperback – 3 Oct 2019
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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 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
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Reading Carey Gillam's book is like being the frog in boiling water. As the chapters progress, the evidence mounts, and the tragic personal stories are told, we become increasingly aware of the water in which we are slowly becoming a victim. Without Gillam's meticulous, thorough investigative research, we simply are unable to grasp the enormity of the agrochemical dilemma. But if we stick with her narrative (and it is truly a life-or-death tale that she weaves), we become emboldened with the knowledge that finally enables us to advocate for a better world, and a better life for our children and their children after them. As Gillam puts it, we must advocate with courage.
The meat of White Wash are the middle chapters, which dive deeply into the recent avalanche of scientific studies on glyphosate, its known danger regarding the health of animals, humans, and the environment, and the many ways that Monsanto has meddled in those studies to safeguard their bottom line. Prior to the middle chapters we are introduced to people who farm, people who have names and families, people who have died from the herbicide. We are introduced to mothers who speak out against the all-consuming glut of corporate greed, and who risk their lives to do so. And finally, we arrive on the other side with tenuous yet attainable solutions to the problem of toxins in everything that we consume. It's a bumpy ride, but when the reader emerges on the other side, there is hope.
A disclaimer about my 4-star rating: I have an aversion to polarity. If 5 stars is the ultimate, then I'll reserve the "I love it" rating for books that are close to my heart, and those tend to be novels. "I like" White Wash in the same way that I like to know what exactly is going into my body, especially if there's convincing evidence that I may develop cancer from eating it. I like to be well-informed, and Gillam has the chops to deliver. I like books like White Wash because they challenge me to be more aware. By contrast, anyone who is giving her book a 1-star rating, and also claims to have actually read the book, is simply lying. Because if you truly "hate" something, you surely won't sit with it for nearly 300 pages. If, however, you are a pawn to a multinational corporation who happens to be the culprit in the book's central struggle, then and only then would you take the time to discredit a book using uninformed opinions.
Like I said, a jagged pill. You may have to read White Wash through the slits of your fingers over your eyes, but for the sake of our future, it needs to be read.
Many independent investigators have presented evidence that glyphosate is or may be carcinogenic. Despite the World Health Organization's declaration that glyphosate is probably a human carcinogen, U.S. federal regulatory agencies (EPA. FDA, and USDA) have downplayed the dangers of glyphosate. Their permission to apply glyphosate on food crops is based primarily on evidence presented by the manufacturers themselves, who have worked tirelessly to suppress any counter-evidence about the harmful side-effects from glyphosate usage.
After reading this book, you will certainly want to know how much glyphosate is present in your food and will try to avoid eating any foods that are contaminated with glyphosate.
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