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

By    |   Friday, 27 March 2015 02:49 PM EDT

A Monsanto lobbyist told a French cable channel that Roundup was safe enough to drink, but became upset and walked off the set when challenged to actually ingest the weed killer.

In a video posted on Canal+, Monsanto lobbyist Patrick Moore denied a World Health Organization report last week that showed a Roundup ingredient, glyphosate, to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.” 

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“I do not believe that glyphosate in Argentina is causing increases in cancer. You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” Moore said.

“You want to drink some? We have some here,” the journalist said.

“I’d be happy to. Not really. But I know it wouldn’t hurt me,” Moore answered, and then added when the journalist persisted about drinking it, “I’m not stupid.”

As Moore left the studio, he told the reporter, “You’re a jerk.”

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The report released by the WHO is being challenged by Monsanto. The company has demanded to meet with the WHO’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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“We question the quality of the assessment," Philip Miller, Monsanto vice president of global regulatory affairs, told Reuters. "The WHO has something to explain."

Monsanto submitted information to the IARC about the safety of glyphosate, and Miller said it did not expect the IARC report to affect a current Environmental Protection Agency review of glyphosate.

According to the EPA,  glyphosate herbicidal products are among the most commonly used by volume in the United States. 

Many disagree that glyphosate is safe.

"There are a number of independent, published manuscripts that clearly indicate that glyphosate ... can promote cancer and tumor growth," Dave Schubert, head of the cellular neurobiology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, told Reuters. "It should be banned."

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