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Carey Gillam’s new book, “The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice,” tells the story of Dewayne Lee Johnson’s struggle to survive and his legal battle against Monsanto.
Gillam’s book, released in March, illustrates the impact of Monsanto’s deception when the company lied to health officials, scientists and consumers about the safety of its Roundup products.
Gillam told Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on the “RFK Jr The Defender Podcast,” that emails dating back to the 1980’s show the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “was working very hard to put Monsanto’s interests above the interests of public health.”
An investigative journalist with 30 years experience covering food and agricultural policies and practice, Gillam said the EPA doesn’t require any independent long-term safety testing of Monsanto’s formulated Roundup products. They look only at the active ingredient glyphosate, but not the formulated product, which contains other ingredients.
Scientists have found the formulations can be more dangerous because of the “enhanced synergistic effect when you mix” chemicals with surfactants, said Gillam. “The EPA still to this day doesn’t require these long-term tests on these formulated products.”
“Approximately 40% of men and women in the United States are expected to get cancer in their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute. It’s just unbelievable that we are being told that we need to accept and … learn to live with cancer and get different treatments and have our body parts cut off and get radiated when we know that pesticides and chemicals and environmental toxins are big contributors to cancer.”
Purchase Gillam’s new book here, and listen to the full interview here: