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Gifts that nurture the inner and outdoor lives of plant lovers

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Tom Atwell, Portland Press Herald, November 26, 2017

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Gifts that nurture the inner and outdoor lives of plant lovers

Book offerings cover the practical, like growing vegetables in a cold climate, and the inspirational, like painting flowers.

 

“Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” by a former senior correspondent for Reuters, lays out a comprehensive case against Roundup, the herbicide that has taken over much of commercial farming since the introduction of Roundup-resistant crops.

Here are Carey Gillam’s key points:

1. Monsanto makes the same safety claims for Roundup that it made for PCBs, a previous Monsanto introduction that is now proven to be unsafe;

2. Roundup, because of the addition of chemicals that make it stick to plants, is more dangerous than glysophate, the actual weed killer;

3. When the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared glysophate a probable carcinogenic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency forewarned Monsanto so that it could prepare a defense;

4. Despite claims that glysophate would not show up in food, it has – in bagels, honey and elsewhere.

Yes, Gillam has a slant. But she backs it up with solid information.

“Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” by Carey Gillam, Island Press, 272 pages, $30.

Here are a few other books from 2017 that may also fit your gift list:

 

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