A French cable channel is drawing attention for its grilling of a lobbyist defending Monsanto. In the interview with Canal+, Patrick Moore repeatedly insists that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular pesticide 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.
This article originally appeared on Newser: Lobbyist Insists Chemical Is Safe to Drink, Won’t Drink It