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Glyphosate is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup, the flagship agricultural herbicide sold by Monsanto, and it’s used in more than 130 countries including Australia. Glyphosate is in our parks, gardens, golf-courses and playgrounds. And it’s in our food and water.
Veteran investigative journalist Carey Gillam has spent decades exploring the links between big business, biotech and agriculture in America. In her new book, Whitewash, she looks into the growing body of research about glyphosate’s health risks – and reveals the legal and marketing strategies Monsanto has employed to prevent and conceal damaging revelations about their product.
With Sally Warhaft, this tenacious Kansas-based journalist will talk corporate power, public health and reporting Roundup.
Our bookseller at this event will be Dymocks Bendigo.
Presented in partnership with Bendigo Writers Festival.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Carey Gillam is a veteran journalist, researcher, and writer with more than 25 years’ experience in the news industry covering corporate America. She is currently Research Director for the nonprofit, U.S. Right to Know. Her first book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, was published in 2017.
Since 1998, Gillam’s work has focused on digging into the big business of food and agriculture. As a former senior correspondent for Reuters’ international news service, and a current contract researcher and freelance writer, Gillam specialises in finding the story behind the spin – uncovering both the risks and rewards of the evolving new age of agriculture.
Gillam’s areas of experience include biotech crop technology, agrichemicals and pesticide product development, and the environmental impacts of American food production. She has been recognized as one of the top journalists in the US covering these issues.
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