A Monsanto lobbyist interviewed on French television made claims that the flagship Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, is safe for humans to drink. Little did he know that the interviewer actually had a glass of Roundup right there ready to drink. Here’s what happened:
“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” [Patrick Moore, lobbyist for Monsanto] said.
But when the reporter told him that they had prepared a glass and invited Moore to drink it, he refused, saying “I’m not stupid.”
“So, it’s dangerous?” the interviewer asked.
“It’s not dangerous to humans,” Moore replied.
It’s not dangerous to humans. Interesting. So perhaps Moore is not a human, and that’s why he refused to drink it? He went on to explain the data source for his assertion. People regularly attempt to commit suicide by drinking Roundup, and they are apparently unable to complete the job—even when they drink up to a quart of Roundup. That’s not exactly the idea you get from, “Roundup is safe to drink.” What he really meant was, “Lots of people have tried killing themselves with Roundup, and they generally survive anyway.” Maybe that’s not quite as rosy a PR slogan?
People regularly fail to commit suicide in all sorts of ways. They slit their wrists. The bullet misses their hearts. Someone drags them out of the water. That doesn’t mean that suicidal behavior is “safe.”
Monsanto probably should have known that they were going to be called out on this one. And Moore probably should have been prepared to execute a Roundup ready cry for help on French national television.
As it is, this looks really bad. More evidence is piling up that Roundup is not safe for humans, either to use or to drink. And aside from that, even more evidence is piling up that Monsanto itself is bad for humans too. Moore’s statements just confirm two things: Monsanto is not stupid. Monsanto is inhumane. Congratulations. You win the internet today.