Lobbyist claims Monsanto Roundup ingredient Glyphosate safe to drink, then refuses to drink it


A lobbyist who has been making the media rounds saying the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is safe for humans to drink refuses to drink glyphosate when a French TV news host offers him a glass.

The clip below is from a forthcoming Special Investigations documentary on the French TV network Canal+.

Extrait : Bientôt dans vos assiettes... - Interview de Patrick Moore

In it, Dr. Patrick Moore tells the host that glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup that was recently linked to cancer by the World Health Organization, is not linked to Argentina's increasing cancer rate.

“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” says Moore.

“You want to drink some?” asks the host. “We have some here.”

“I’d be happy to, actually,” replies Moore. “Not really. But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”

“If you say so, I have some,” says the interviewer.

“I’m not stupid,” says Moore.

“So, it’s dangerous?” says the interviewer.

Moore then says Roundup is so safe that when “people try to commit suicide” by drinking it, they “fail regularly.”

“Tell the truth, it’s dangerous,” says the host.

“It’s not dangerous to humans,” Moore replies. “No, it’s not.”

“So, are you ready to drink one glass?” the interviewer says.

“No, I’m not an idiot,” Moore says.

"Interview me about golden rice, that's what I'm talking about. Otherwise the interview is finished. You're a complete jerk."

Greenpeace says Moore was an early member of Greenpeace before becoming a consultant for “the polluting companies that Greenpeace works to change: Big Oil, pesticides and GMO agribusiness, forestry, nuclear power... anyone who puts up the money for truth-benders who appear to carry scientific and environmental authority.”

Watch the Canal+ video below. An alternate video link is here.

More about Moore at Wikipedia, and on his website.

UPDATE: A representative for Monsanto shares the following:

Dr. Moore is not a Monsanto lobbyist or employee. Knowledgeable scientists, consumers and our farmer customers may be familiar with and confident in the safety of glyphosate, but their statements don’t make them lobbyists for our company. Dr. Patrick Moore is one of those individuals. He agrees with the science that supports the safety of glyphosate, and is an advocate for technology and innovation. But as I mentioned, he is not and never has been a paid lobbyist for or employee at Monsanto.

Previously: Ingredient in Monsanto weedkiller Roundup probably causes cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma), says WHO [HT: RawStory, Reddit]

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  1. This guy was an idiot to say such a thing, because obviously, people are going to pounce all over him for it.

    But the idea that this somehow proves something about glyphosate is silly.

    I mean, I use eco-friendly dish soaps, and I buy organic produce at farmer's markets, but if anybody said to me "If this eco-friendly product is so safe, why don't you eat/drink it?" I would say no too, and I suspect anybody reading this would as well.

  2. Reminds me of that classic Simpsons episode.

  3. If you claim something that people think is dangerous is safe to eat, you've got to back that up.

  4. But this gentleman was pretty specific about what would be a safe dose:

    “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” says Moore.

    If you tell the public that drinking a quart of something is perfectly safe then you shouldn't say it's "stupid" for someone to suggest you back up that claim by taking a sip or two.

  5. If it kills weeds or bugs, you probably should not have it anywhere near you. It probably shouldn't be within ten miles of a growing child or flowing surface waters.

    The things we call pests are very very difficult to kill, or they wouldn't be pestiferous.

    Personally, I control invasive weeds with a propane flamethrower. If I could get one that didn't use fossil fuels, I would. Fire is cleansing.

    If I could go back in time and murder Paracelsus before his stupid aphorism became a meme, I would.

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