In an interview with French TV channel Canal+, Monsanto lobbyist Patrick Moore claims company’s Roundup weed killer is safe for humans to drink a large quantity of. “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” he tells the interviewer. When you make a claim like that one, you best be able to back it up.

The reporter then tells Moore that he had prepared a glass of the weedkiller, and invites Moore to drink it. He refuses, then says, “I’m not stupid.”

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

“It’s not dangerous to humans,” Moore replies, before insisting that people “try to commit suicide” by drinking Roundup but “fail regularly.” Moore then walks out of the interview.

You know that expression “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out”?

Last Friday, the World Health Organization’s cancer-research arm classified the widely used Monsanto herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Roundup weed killer has also been linked to a chronic kidney disease epidemic which has devastated farmworkers in Central America, India, an Sri Lanka.

Last March, France’s agriculture ministry temporarily banned the sale, use, and cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) corn. Hopefully the country can ward off Monsanto a wee bit longer, before GE corn takes over the world and crop diversity no longer exists. Until then, we’re sure the Monsanto blog will keep publishing posts like this one titled “Monsanto Ranked Among Best Places to Work in France—Again!” God help us.


[via TIME]