Merchants of Poison

How Monsanto Sold the World on a Toxic Pesticide

By Stacy Malkan with Kendra Klein, PhD and Anna Lappé

A case study in disinformation, corrupted science, and manufactured doubt about glyphosate

In December, we co-released Merchants of Poison: How Monsanto Sold the World on a Toxic Pesticide. The report illuminates the disinformation, science denial, and manufactured doubt at the core of the pesticide industry’s public relations playbook. Centering the herbicide glyphosate (known by its brand name Roundup®) as a case study, the report is the first comprehensive review of Monsanto’s product defense strategy, including the disinformation tactics it used to manipulate the science and attack scientists and journalists who raised concerns about the health and environmental risks of its flagship product, the world’s most widely used herbicide.