“It is a story of corporate malfeasance on a grand scale – a chilling revelation of the chemical industry’s greed, arrogance and reckless disregard for human life and the health of our planet.”
That words of Phil Landrigan, founding director of Boston College’s Global Public Health Program, on Carey Gillam’s brand new book hot off the press today: The Monsanto Papers. Which made it a real scoop for Inside Ideas to have Carey, whose lifelong quest has been to ‘build a career on the simple pursuit of truth’, join me on today’s show to talk about the book.
“My work is based on the belief that by sharing information and ideas, airing debates, and unveiling actions and events critical to public policy, we help advance and strengthen our community — our humanity,” Carey said.
Her 2017 book about pesticide dangers, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science, won the 2018 Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists and has become a part of the curriculum in several university environmental health programs.
These stories have been inspired by Carey’s career long pursuit of the truth. Which the former Reuters International News correspondent, and renowned investigative journalist, has been doing relentlessly, to expose the good and bad of agriculture, agrochemicals, the environmental impacts of a pesticide-dependent food system, and biotech crop technologies.
A quest she continues as the research director for the non-profit organization U.S. Right to Know, where she supports an investigative group focused on exposing corporate wrongdoing and government failures that threaten the integrity of our food system, our environment, and our health.