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Matt Rice Book on glyphosate
by Matt Rice, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: September 26, 2017

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The controversy over public health and glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has reaching a tipping point. From charges of the EPA collaborating with Monsanto to delay or hide scientific evidence, to the European Commission’s debate over whether to renew the glyphosate license, to the California lawsuit over connections between the chemical and cancer cases, veteran journalist Carey Gillam has dedicated her career to unraveling this complicated issue—and explores this story clearly and comprehensively.

Over the last two decades, Gillam has become the go-to source for information about glyphosate and Monsanto’s efforts to manipulate public perception. This fall, she will testify in front of the European Parliament (Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) and the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)) as a key witness to the actions of Monsanto to cover up the dangers of glyphosate. Soon after, she will publish her first book WHITEWASH: THE STORY OF A WEED KILLER, CANCER, AND THE CORRUPTION OF SCIENCE –an exposé that lays out the entire glyphosate/Monsanto story.

The result of careful reporting and FOIA Requests, Whitewash reveals the powerful influence of a multi-billion-dollar industry that works to keep consumers in the dark and regulators in check. Gillam unveils secret industry communications and regulatory documents that reveal corporate ties with an extensive cast of players and efforts to censor or discredit scientists whose research contradicts business interests. It is an important reminder that we’ve forgotten Rachel Carson’s life-saving message about the dangers of unchecked pesticide use.

The information uncovered in WHITEWASH comes at a critical time and Gillam, through her expertise and years of investigative work, is the resource needed to make informed decisions about best ways to fix our broken food system. This is not a feel-good story but it is one that needs to be told.

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