Lobbyist Says Monsanto Weed Killer Is Safe To Drink, But Won't Drink It

Written by Emi Boscamp

Dr. Patrick Moore, a lobbyist for Monsanto, claimed the company's Roundup weed killer was safe for humans to drink in large quantities refused to consume some himself when a French television reporter offered it to him.

During an interview with French cable channel Canal+, Moore claimed that the active ingredient in the herbicide, glyphosate, was not causing cancer rates in Argentina to increase.

The interview comes after a report from the World Health Organization linking Roundup to cancer. Monsanto, which ranked as the fourth most-hated company in America earlier this year, denied this claim, demanding a retraction.

"You can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you," he says.

But when the reporter told him that they had poured him a glass of the weed killer, he had to swallow his words when he refuses to swallow its contents.

"No, no, I'm not stupid," he says.

"So, it's dangerous?" the interviewer asks.

Then, Moore claims that Roundup is so safe that "people try to commit suicide" by drinking it, and they "fail regularly."

"Tell the truth — it's dangerous," the interviewer presses.

"It's not dangerous to humans," Moore insists. "No, it's not."

"So, are you ready to drink one glass?" the interviewer continues.

"No, I'm not an idiot," Moore says indignantly. "Interview me about golden rice — that's what I'm talking about."

At that point, Moore declares that the interview is "finished."

As he storms out of the room, he huffs, "You're a jerk," under his breath.

Watch the video below, and have yourself a little chuckle. If he's unwilling to drink the herbicide — even though he claims it's "safe" — why would we want it sprayed on the plants we eat?

Not a good look, Monsanto.

(h/t TIME)

Screengrab via Canal+

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