In the video clip above, Patrick Moore, a founder of environmental consultancy company Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., was interviewed by French investigative journalist Paul Moreira as part of a six-month-long investigation for the documentary "Bientôt dans vos assiettes" (Soon on your plate). The documentary discusses the damage done in Argentina over the past decade by the increasing use of pesticides on GMO soy farms, noting the prevalence of illnesses, including cancer, among those living in the vicinity of the Roundup Ready crop. As seen in the interview, in which Moore was asked to speak about efficacy of golden rice, and eventually, on the safety of the pesticide, glyphosate, Moore claims that one "can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you."
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.
Interviewer: You want to drink some? We have some here.
Moore: I'd be happy to actually... Not, not really, but...
Interviewer: Not really?
Moore: I know it wouldn't hurt me.
Interviewer: If you say so, I have some glyphosate.
Moore: No, I'm not stupid.
Interviewer: OK. So you… So it's dangerous, right?
Moore: No. People try to commit suicide with it and fail, fairly regularly.
Interviewer: Tell the truth. It's dangerous.
Moore: It's not dangerous to humans. No, it's not.
Interviewer: So you are ready to drink one glass of glyphosate?
Moore: No, I'm not an idiot.
Interviewer looks puzzled.
Moore: Interview me about golden rice. That's what I'm talking about.
Moore: OK. Then it's finished.
Interviewer: Except it's...
Moore: The interview is finished.
Interviewer: That's a good way to solve things.
Moore (getting up to leave): Yeah. You're a complete jerk.
Soon after this interview, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), sent out a statement assessing the carcinogenicity of five pesticides, including the herbicide glyphosate, concluding that glyphosate is classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).
In addition, the International Journal of Toxicology published research on the effects of human cells exposed to glyphosate, finding that pesticides generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) leading to oxidative damage, apoptosis and cytotoxicity. In other words, glyphosate promotes cell death. Future research should explore the effects of chronic exposure of glyphosate on human health (Chaufan, Coalova, & Molina, 2014).
Consider eating organic food. Researchers have observed that produce that meets the standards of the USDA may have more nutrients and lower levels of pesticides and other known carcinogens, such as cadmium.
Chaufan, G., Coalova, I., & Molina, M. (2014). Glyphosate Commercial Formulation Causes Cytotoxicity, Oxidative Effects, and Apoptosis on Human Cells: Differences With its Active Ingredient. International Journal Of Toxicology, 33(1), 29-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1091581813517906
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