Gillam to discuss research on bees
NEW BRUNSWICK — Carey Gillam delves into the effects of glyphosate on bees and into the scientific evidence that the herbicide is carcinogenic.
Her new book “Whitewash, The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” is a 2018 Society of Environmental Journalists Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award winner.
Reviewers have said it is written so as to be accessible for non-scientists and have compared it to Carson’s “Silent Spring.”
The book documents what some consider the mishandling of a potential carcinogen and a controversy over science and agriculture.
In her keynote address at the 2019 NOFA-NJ Winter Conference on Jan. 26-27, Gillam will talk about the book, including her research and use of the Freedom of Information Act to delve into the science behind the herbicide and the politics surrounding its use.
Gillam is research director for the consumer group US Right to Know. She has 25 years of experience in journalism, including 17 years as a correspondent for Reuters International. Since 1998, she has specialized in the big business of food and agriculture.
The Winter Conference will also feature authors David Montgomery, a geomorphologist, and Anne Bikle, a biologist, who wrote “Dirt, The Hidden Half of Nature” and “Growing a Revolution.” They will discuss lessons from history and their own journey toward a more sustainable future.
Maya van Rossum, whose book “The Green Amendment” posits we need a constitutional change to protect natural resources, will talk about the victories she and others have scored toward that end.
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