Do you think I'm an idiot?

SUBHEAD: Monsanto advocate says Roundup is safe enough to drink, then refuses to drink it.

By Nick Vasser on 27 March 2015 for Huffington Post -

Image above: Still frame from interview with "RoundUp expert" Dr. Patrick Moore who offers and then refuses to drink a glass of glyphosate (RoundUp). From video below.

Roundup is a highly effective weed-killer that can be used during home garden maintenance, or on a massive soybean field to boost productivity. It's also been called a probable carcinogen. But according to Dr. Patrick Moore, that may not be true because "you can drink a whole quart" of the herbicide "and it won't hurt you."

Moore, an independent scientist not associated with Monsanto, recently joined French cable channel Canal+ as part of an upcoming news documentary. He advocated for the safety of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, after a recent report said the widely used chemical "probably" causes cancer.

The label, bestowed by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, is the second highest risk level for possible cancer-causing agents. The "probable" category can be a bit contentious and asserts that some scientists disagree with the notion a substance causes cancer -- other agents on the WHO's list include sunshine, alcohol and wood dust.

Monsanto has fiercely tried to discredit the assessment. The company has demanded WHO retract the report, saying a growing body of scientific evidence has found glyphosate is safe when used as labeled.

Moore apparently agrees. He went so far to say that humans could even drink the chemical and be absolutely fine, and that people actually try to commit suicide with Roundup, but routinely fail due to its harmlessness.

In the middle of the interview below a Canal+ journalist offers to go backstage to get his guest a glass of glyphosate to drink on-air, but Moore refuses and then storms off stage.
Patrick Moore: You can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you.
Canal+: You want to drink some, we have some here.
PM: I'd be happy to actually. Not really, but, I know it wouldn't hurt me.
Canal+: If you say so, I have some.
PM: No, no. I'm not stupid.
Canal+: “So, it’s dangerous?”
People try to commit suicide with it and fail regularly.
No, no. Let's tell the truth.
It's not dangerous to humans. No, it's not.
So are you ready to drink a glass of glyphosate?
No, I'm not an idiot.
Canal+: So...
PM: Interview me about golden rice, that’s what I’m talking about.
Canal+: Uh...
PM: Okay, then this interview is finished”
Canal+: This isn't a good way to solve things.”
PM: Yeah. You're a complete jerk. (PM disconnects microphone and leaves.)
Despite some reports that say Moore is a lobbyist, Monsanto told The Huffington Post in an emailed statement that he is not and has never been a paid lobbyist or employee of the company.

"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," a spokesperson said. "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 Dr. Patrick Moore is not and never has been a paid lobbyist for Monsanto."

Moore did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

Video above: Below are comments from the YouTube page with the video above. From (

Patrick Moore often misrepresents himself in the media as an environmental “expert” or even an “environmentalist,” while offering anti-environmental opinions on a wide range of issues and taking a distinctly anti-environmental stance. He also exploits long-gone ties with Greenpeace to sell himself as a speaker and pro-corporate spokesperson, usually taking positions that Greenpeace opposes.

While it is true that Patrick Moore was a member of Greenpeace in the 1970s, in 1986 he abruptly turned his back on the very issues he once passionately defended. He claims he “saw the light” but what Moore really saw was an opportunity for financial gain. Since then he has gone from defender of the planet to a paid representative of corporate polluters.

Patrick Moore promotes such anti-environmental positions as clearcut logging, nuclear power, farmed salmon, PVC (vinyl) production, genetically engineered crops, and mining. Clients for his consulting services are a veritable Who’s Who of companies that Greenpeace has exposed for environmental misdeeds, including Monsanto, Weyerhaeuser, and BHP Minerals.


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