France is not without it’s share of free speech issues, but much credit should be given to the Canal+ network and a recent documentary they aired, “Bientôt dans vos assiettes” (Soon on your plate), produced by investigative journalist Paul Moreira. During an interview for the show, corporate green-washer Patrick Moore claims that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is safe enough to drink (an oft-repeated claim for Monsanto chemicals). Moreira’s response is brilliant: offering Moore an opportunity to drink glyphosate in front of the cameras. This is a transcript of the PR nightmare moment:
Moore: 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.
Moreira: You want to drink some? We have some here.
Moore: I’d be happy to actually… Not, not really, but…
Moreira: Not really?
Moore: I know it wouldn’t hurt me.
Moreira: If you say so, I have some glyphosate.
Moore: No, I’m not stupid.
Moreira: OK. So you… So it’s dangerous, right?
Moore: No. People try to commit suicide with it and fail, fairly regularly.
Moreira: Tell the truth. It’s dangerous.
Moore: It’s not dangerous to humans. No, it’s not.
Moreira: So you are ready to drink one glass of glyphosate?
Moore: No, I’m not an idiot.
Moore then abruptly ends the interview losing what little dignity he had left by calling the interviewer “a complete jerk.” This is the man Monsanto and the Biotech industry would have us believe is a suitable science Ambassador for EXPO 2015 whose theme will be “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. Moore has also been vocal on social media in response to the decision of the World Health Organization’s panel of scientists to list glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
Enjoy the schadenfreude with James Corbett through the following Corbett Report video:
It could only be better had Moore actually drank it.