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Author Adams, Vincanne, 1959- author.

Title Glyphosate and the swirl : an agroindustrial chemical on the move / Vincanne Adams
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2023
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Description 1 online resource (174 pages) : illustrations
Series Critical global health
Critical global health.
Contents From blossoms -- Building the food chemosphere -- Ontological multiplicity & glyphosate's safety -- Chemical life, clinical encounters -- The scientific consensus & the counterfactual -- Consensuses, academic capitalism & the swirl -- Glyphosate becomes an activist -- Chemicals as agents of care
Summary "Glyphosate and the Swirl is an ethnography of the agricultural chemical glyphosate (the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup) that engages in the debate over the safety of the chemical in the scientific and activist communities. Vincanne Adams argues that glyphosate is an unstable and unreliable actor that has caused chemical harm despite the fact that it has radically changed our food production. Embracing speculation as integral to the scientific process, Adams theorizes the "swirl"-an unstable body that is constantly moving, concentrating and dissipating, gaining traction and losing it, and refusing to settle-to describe both the circulation of glyphosate in our environment and the evolution of public and scholarly knowledge about it."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Glyphosate -- Toxicology
Herbicides -- Toxicology.
Medical anthropology.
Medical policy.
Glyphosate -- Toxicology.
Herbicides -- Toxicology.
Medical anthropology.
Medical policy.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1478024038