Environmental and workers' rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the EPA, alleging it failed to consider risks to public health when it reapproved two herbicides. Enlist One and Enlist Duo are sprayed on crops to control weeds. In January, the EPA renewed registrations for both products in 34 states, but critics say continued use threatens endangered species, native plants and waterways. Carey Gillam, managing editor at the New Lede and a contributor for the Guardian, joins CBS News with more.
Sixty years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s revolutionary book, "Silent Spring," we continue to face health hazards from increasing pesticide use in food production that impacts workers, farmers and consumers. The harshest toll is on hidden populations living in rural communities, mainly among farmworkers and groundskeepers, many of whom are immigrants and people of color. This panel unearths the underreported, yet widespread health impacts of pesticide drift and exposure — from poisoned air, soil and water, to birth defects, cancer and neurological disorders.
Elizabeth Aguilera(Speaker)CALmatters, Reporter
Carey Gillam(Speaker)The New Lede, Managing Editor
Brenda Eskenazi(Speaker)University of California Berkeley, Distinguished Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health
Mary Jo Forbord(Speaker)Organic Farmer
Arcenio Lopez(Speaker)Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Carey Gillam is an American investigative journalist and author with more than 30 years of experience covering food and agricultural policies and practices, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters. Recently top US government scientists found that people exposed to glyphosate, the widely used weed-killing chemical, have biomarkers in their urine linked to the development of cancer and other diseases. In other words--the food we eat could be poisoning us. You may have heard of or even used Monsanto's Roundup, the weedkiller containing the toxic chemical glyphosate which has led to Mansanto now reaching an approximately $11 billion settlement with most plaintiffs so far. But the fact that the corporation exposed the public to this toxic chemical knowing the risks while regulatory agencies that are supposed to keep us safe turned a blind eye should open all of OUR eyes to the corruption at hand across multiple industries and government agencies. Listen in as Carey explains more of what she has discovered.
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Lee Johnson developed a deadly case of non-Hodgkin lyphoma after excessive exposure to Round Up. He sued Monsanto, and won. Pictured is journalist and author Carey Gillam interviewing Johnson. (courtesy of Carey Gillam)
“We all need to eat to survive. And the quality of the food, the access to the food, the type of food that we eat is central to our health and to the health of the planet.“
This week on the show, a conversation with Carey Gillam, the author of The Monsanto Papers--Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice.
Award-winning freelance radio journalist Francesca Rheannon interviews journalist and author Carey Gillam about her page-turning new book - The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice.
In this webinar, journalist and “The Monsanto Papers” author Carey Gillam will discuss the many unexpected twists and turns that went on behind the scenes of the historic case that helped force Monsanto owner Bayer AG into an $11 billion settlement. Lee Johnson will speak about his battle both to fight cancer and the giant chemical company. Attorney Michael Miller will discuss how the case was fought, and eventually won. Mackenzie Feldman will moderate our discussion and talk about how her organization, Herbicide-Free Campus, works to eliminate herbicides from college campuses across the U.S. This webinar is co-hosted by Island Press and Herbicide Free Campus. Panelists include: • Lee Johnson, former school groundskeeper and winner of Monsanto litigation • Carey Gillam, journalist and author of “Whitewash” and “The Monsanto Papers” • Michael Miller, Founding partner with The Miller Firm LLC • Mackenzie Feldman, Founder and Executive Director of Herbicide-Free Campus