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Patrick Moore says Roundup is safe -- but refuses to drink it

Patrick Moore denied glysophate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is dangerous to humans, but he refused to drink a glass of the weed killer offered by an interviewer.

By Ben Hooper

PARIS, March 27 (UPI) -- Lobbyist Patrick Moore told a French TV interviewer Monsanto's Roundup weed killer is safe to drink -- but he subsequently declined an offered glass.

Moore told an interviewer for French station Canal+ that glysophate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is not responsible for rising cancer rates in Argentina.

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The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced last week the results of a study that concluded the chemical is "probably carcinogenic to humans."

Moore countered the chemical is not harmful, even when directly ingested.

"You can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you," he said.

Moore balked, however, when the interviewer offered him a glass of Roundup and asked if he would drink it.

"I'm not stupid," Moore said, before again saying the product is "not dangerous to humans."

Moore said people who "try to commit suicide" by drinking the herbicide "fail regularly."

He then ended the interview.

The IARC news release said glyphosate "currently has the highest global production volume of all herbicides."

"The agricultural use of glyphosate has increased sharply since the development of crops that have been genetically modified to make them resistant to glyphosate," the release said. "Glyphosate is also used in forestry, urban and home applications.

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"Glyphosate has been detected in the air during spraying, in water, and in food. The general population is exposed primarily through residence near sprayed areas, home use, and diet and the level that has been observed is generally low."

[Correction: A previous version of this story referred to Patrick Moore as a Monsanto lobbyist. Moore is not registered in Canada as a lobbyist for Monsanto.]

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