Lobbyist Insists Chemical Is Safe to Drink, Won't Drink It
French cable channel puts rep in the hot seat
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2015 6:40 PM CDT
Updated Mar 29, 2015 11:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – A French TV channel is drawing attention for its grilling of a lobbyist defending Monsanto. In the interview with Canal+, Dr. Patrick Moore repeatedly insists that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, is safe to drink. And then he repeatedly refuses to drink it, notes Raw Story. A sample of the exchange:

  • Moore: “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you.”
  • Interviewer: “You want to drink some? We have some here.”
  • Moore: “I’d be happy to, actually. Not really. But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”
  • Interviewer: "If you say so, I have some."
  • Moore: "I'm not stupid."

When the interviewer presses him, Moore says that people regularly try to drink the stuff to commit suicide, but it never works because "it's not dangerous to humans." Pressed one last time to drink it, Moore says, "I'm not an idiot" and ends the interview. Sites such as EcoWatch are reveling in it. Last week, a WHO study declared that the weed killer is "probably" carcinogenic, a conclusion that Monsanto adamantly denies.