Quack claims weed killer is safe to drink, refuses to drink a glass

Following the announcement earlier this month that the popular herbicide glyphosate (along with four other pesticides and insecticides) might be carcinogenic, noted quack Patrick Moore showed up for an interview with France’s Canal+ to try to spin the bad news.

“We do not believe that glyphosate … is causing increases in cancer,” said Moore, who also denies that global warming is man-made. “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you.”

Oh really? The reporter for Canal+ provided the natural follow-up question: “You want to drink some?”

“I’d be happy to, actually,” Moore replies, before realizing the tumorous implications. “Not really. But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”

The reporter pressed him further. Come on dude, drink the liquid cancer. I dare you. You wanna be cool, dontcha? What are ya, chicken?

“No, I’m not stupid,” he explains. “People try to commit suicide with it and fail fairly regularly.” Well, in that case!

Moore again claims that he’s “not an idiot” and that it’s “not dangerous to humans,” before ripping off his mic and walking out of the interview. Seems like a nice, trustworthy guy.

Update: The original post said Patrick Moore was a lobbyist for Monsanto. As Newsweek points out, this is incorrect, and the errors have been corrected, and the writer will be swiftly executed for this mistake.

[h/t New York Mag]