320 pages, 2017
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A chemical used in herbicides and known as Roundup—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 has 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: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science , veteran journalist Carey Gillam exposes new evidence of corporate influence. Through interviews with farm families devastated by cancers they believe are caused by the chemical, and scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests, Gillam introduces readers to relevant information concerning one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture.
In Whitewash, Carey Gillam digs deep into the world of agribusiness, specifically focusing on the use of pesticides. He reveals the shocking truth about how these chemicals, particularly glyphosate, are not as safe as we've been led to believe.
Gillam explores the immense influence that corporations like Monsanto have over regulatory agencies and scientific research. He shows how these corporations manipulate data and public opinion to protect their interests, often at the expense of public health.
Whitewash takes a close look at the plight of farmers who are caught in the crossfire. Gillam paints a vivid picture of how they are pressured into using harmful pesticides and the devastating health and environmental consequences that follow.
One of the key takeaways from Whitewash is the importance of independent research. Gillam emphasizes that we can't always trust the information provided by corporations and regulatory agencies, and encourages readers to seek out unbiased sources.
Whitewash is not just a book about the problems with pesticides, it's a call to action. Gillam encourages readers to take a stand against harmful agricultural practices and to advocate for safer, more sustainable farming methods.