The Monsanto Papers is the inside story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against Monsanto. For Lee, the case was a race against the clock, with doctors predicting he wouldn’t survive long enough to take the witness stand. For the eclectic band of young, ambitious lawyers representing him, it was a matter of professional pride and personal risk, with millions of dollars and hard-earned reputations on the line. For the public at large, the lawsuit presented a question of corporate accountability. With enough money and influence, could a company endanger its customers, hide evidence, manipulate regulators, and get away with it all—for decades?
It’s in our food, our water, our air, soil and our own bodies. It’s the most widely used herbicide in all of human history, and while farmers and homeowners alike use it regularly, this pesticide carries an array of dangers the corporations that profit from it don’t want you to know about. Whitewash makes it clear that we have forgotten the lessons Rachel Carson taught us 55 years ago — trying to dominate nature with synthetic pesticides is a recipe for health and environmental destruction. Just as Carson's story-telling vehicle was DDT, Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide, known commonly by consumers as Roundup, is the focus now. Whitewash contains many revelations not only about how pervasive this and other pesticides are now in our food production system, but how hard corporate entities like Monsanto have worked to conceal the truth.