As a result, the company has saturated the global environment with its toxic chemicals, largely through questionable if not outright immoral and illegal means. Carey Gillam, an investigative journalist, dives deep into the backstory of Monsanto and the catastrophic consequences of their influence on the global culture in her book, "Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science."
"I've been a journalist my whole adult life, more than 25 years," Gillam says. Most of her career was spent as a reporter with Reuters, a highly respected global news organization. In the 1990s, she was assigned to move to Kansas and tasked with reporting on issues concerning food and food production.
"I came to Kansas City and immediately started digging in and trying to learn everything about Monsanto, which had then just introduced genetically engineered (GE) crops," she says. "I thought genetic engineering sounded cool … I used Roundup; it worked great … I came with no preconceived biases.