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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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  • 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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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]."


"'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.

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4.0 out of 5 starsLike all good investigative journalism: difficult and yet essential.
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5.0 out of 5 starsYes, It Takes Courage To Read, You Will Be Glad You Did
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