Lobbyist Claims Monsanto’s Roundup Is Safe To Drink, Freaks Out When Offered A Glass

March 26, 2015   |   S.m. Gibson

(ANTIMEDIA) French television station Canal+ recently sat down with Dr. Patrick Moore for an upcoming documentary. Dr. Moore, who claims to be an ecological expert and is currently the frontman for Ecosense Environmental, stated to the interviewer that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup was not responsible for skyrocketing cancer rates in Argentina.

This claim comes on the heels of last week’s World Health Organization report citing the weed killer as a probable cause of cancer.

Soon after the interview began, it took a turn for the surreal.

Dr. Moore insisted that Roundup is safe to drink, at which point the interviewer did the only logical thing one could do in that situation. He offered the doctor a glass of the weed killer to allow him an opportunity to back up his statement. The following is the text from that exchange.

Dr. Patrick Moore: “You can drink a whole quart of (Roundup) and it won’t hurt you.”

Canal+: “You want to drink some? We have some here.”
Moore: “I’d be happy to, actually…. Uhh…Not.. Not really. But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”
Canal+: “If you say so, I have some glyphosate, have some.”
Moore: “No. I’m not stupid.”
Canal+: “So, it’s dangerous, right?
Moore: “No, People try to commit suicide with it and fail; fail regularly.”
Canal+: “Tell the truth, it’s dangerous.”
Moore: “It’s not dangerous to humans.”
Canal+: “So, are you ready to drink one glass?”
Moore: “No, I’m not an idiot. Interview me about golden rice, that’s what I’m talking about.”
Canal+:  “We did.”

Moore then abruptly ends the interview by calling the host a “complete jerk” and storms off.

Greenpeace, an organization to which the doctor turned lobbyist belonged in the 1970’s, issued this statement in part in 2008 regarding Dr. Patrick Moore.

Patrick Moore often misrepresents himself in the media as an environmental “expert” or even an “environmentalist,” while offering anti-environmental opinions on a wide range of issues and taking a distinctly anti-environmental stance. He also exploits long-gone ties with Greenpeace to sell himself as a speaker and pro-corporate spokesperson, usually taking positions that Greenpeace opposes.

While it is true that Patrick Moore was a member of Greenpeace in the 1970s, in 1986 he abruptly turned his back on the very issues he once passionately defended. He claims he “saw the light” but what Moore really saw was an opportunity for financial gain. Since then he has gone from defender of the planet to a paid representative of corporate polluters.

Patrick Moore promotes such anti-environmental positions as clearcut logging, nuclear power, farmed salmon, PVC (vinyl) production, genetically engineered crops, and mining. Clients for his consulting services are a veritable Who’s Who of companies that Greenpeace has exposed for environmental misdeeds, including Monsanto, Weyerhaeuser, and BHP Minerals.

Watch the video from Canal+ below:


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  1. What kind of company loyalty we GOT here?

    The new face of Monsanto. Victim. This poor man is being mistreated because he is asked to put his mouth where his money is and drink a little Roundup when he claims it is harmless. He refuses, saying, "I'm not stupid." Well, neither are we.

    This man is so fired. In the good ol' days he would have said it was GOOD for you, and then downed a glass to prove it!

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  2. The thing about golden rice is that it cost $100 million to develope… That would have bought a lot of carrots and sweet potatoes and fed a lot of people.

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  3. Makes total sense… "I'm not an idiot." Umm, sorry to say, Dr. Moore, but you just proved yourself WRONG!

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  4. Wait, Did he say it was perfectly safe? But that he'd be an idiot to drink some. See, dudes like that only fear violence… Cause he did say that, uh huh & walked off offended.

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  5. Wait, Did he say it was perfectly safe? But that he'd be an idiot to drink some. See, dudes like that only fear violence… Cause he did say that, uh huh & walked off offended.

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  6. Does anyone remember the movie, Erin Brokovich, where she hands a glass of water to the lawyer, I think it was, of the company who was fighting Erin's boss? She brought it to her mouth and then Erin said, "Oh, by the way, that is from…….."(I don't remember the details, but you know what I mean) and that woman quickly put that glass of water down.

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  7. Does anyone remember the movie, Erin Brokovich, where she hands a glass of water to the lawyer, I think it was, of the company who was fighting Erin's boss? She brought it to her mouth and then Erin said, "Oh, by the way, that is from…….."(I don't remember the details, but you know what I mean) and that woman quickly put that glass of water down.

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  8. This is like Vaccine profiteer Paul Offitt claiming that kids could receive literally "thousands of shots" with no harm but never demonstrating it on himself or family members.

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  9. Reminds Me of the scene from Erin Brokovitch where Julia Roberts offers the people from the Chemical Company a Glass of Water from the Town they Contaminated…

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  10. hahahahaha, he's like – when I said safe enough to drink, I meant you ignorant media driven people, not me

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  11. yeah but money. so no rice for you.

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  12. He meant safe enough for brown people.

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  13. Brawndo! It's got Glyphosphates! It's got what plants crave!

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  14. In The Late Sixties Richard Nixon Downed A Large Glass Of 'Agent Orange' (Glyphosate) On National News To Show How Harmless It Is. This Presaged The President's Downfall, Him Neither Stupid Nor A Crook, Whereupon His Body Seemed To Betray Him And He Was Under Debilitating Strain. Nixon Appeared To Have Clor-Acne (Pervasive Blackheads All Over), As Glyphosate Is A Chlorine-Based Cocktail Like Most Pesti-Herbicides. Nixon Appeared To Lose Both His Mind And His Health During This Diminution Of His Powers And Public Life. A Most Sad End, Abandoned By Those Same Scientists And Corporations For Whom He Was A Dupe! Further It May Be Advisable For Anyone Interested To Inquire Of The People And Medical Community Of Vietnam Concerning The Long Term And Debilitating Effects Of A Chemical So Liberally Sprayed All Over Their Homeland.

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  15. Thank you for putting a 100% stamp of approval on my own theory that MONSANTO IS A COMPANY OF "PEOPLE KILLERS."

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  16. You can see what an asshole the guy is to begin with

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  17. HaHaHaHaHaHaHa. What more proof does anyone need? I know… enough already with the Haha's,

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  18. He would have drunk it and then gone straight to the ER after the show ended. No loyalty anymore.

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  19. Levi Wilson Any color than one hidden under a pointy headed sheet.

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  20. Is that true? Poor Dick. And then they scuttled him…

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  21. umm, they did. My dad (who was OMS) was a human guinea pig for the USAF in the late 70's when they opened up a study on operation Ranchhand, and every 5 years thereafter until the study was closed in the late 90's. The results at the end of the decades long study were inconclusive as to any long term effects in the majority of patients tested for exposure to agent orange. I remember reading the report sent to our home in the 90's, as both my brother and I were also being observed for potential genetic variances due to our dad's exposure. I didn't grow a third eye, or back nipple, so I guess I turned out ok. Please stop tinfoiling about something that is now public record, and can be accessed through the freedom of information act. I am proud of my dad for his sacrifice and service, and that sort of tinfoil stupid shit dishonors his memory, and the rest of the sky cowboys who were ball deep in that crap.

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  22. Actually… you are an idiot.

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  23. Nickie Whittaker II ….One of my good buddies was a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot in Vietnam who mainly flew rescue missions. But he had lots of exposure to agent Orange. He died a few months ago from Lukemia that the doctors attribute to his Agent Orange exposure.

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  24. "Golden Rice" now that's genius. The fracking industry should promote the "golden water" they produce.

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  25. "presumptive"

    lets look at that word for a bit John…
    presumptive
    /prɪˈzʌmptɪv/
    adjective
    1. based on presumption or probability
    2. affording reasonable ground for belief.

    again…not fact. just a belief or presumption that these conditions are all related to exposure to agent orange.

    (I too, can play the convenient internet game)

    @GaryMeter: define your interpretation of "lots of exposure"

    (my father's description involved lots of the words "swimming", "covered head to toe", and "Ball deep" while he told us unpleasant stories about 110 degree heat, 20,000ft, and broken/leaking connections between tanks spraying gallons into the cargo hold, and decon. Yeah….Lots of exposure)

    So yeah……we can sit here all night, and swing dick till they all fall off and never agree…..but spare me the tinfoil whiteknights getting their knickers in a twist because I upset their personal world views with an inconvenient fact of public record.

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  26. This total idiot is so good at putting his foot in his mouth that he could be mistaken for a foot and mouth disease specialist. Maybe that's why he has a Dr. title. For sure it can't be from a doctorate.

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  27. and you are presuming your dad was ok because agent orange was safe-how do you know it wasn't divine intervention? or maybe he fought it well-I know someone who just died a year ago from exposure-and had some really nasty cancer from it-so guess what? I guess you can believe anything you want-but so can others!

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  28. Nickie Whittaker II If we are tinfoil hatters then go ahead and drink a quart of agent orange and post the video.

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  29. Hahahaha dumbshit interviewee

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  30. Give a child vitamin A and he sees for a day. Teach a child to grow vitamin A, and he sees for a lifetime.

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  31. Forty years ago the weed killer of choice was paraquat. The Japanese used it as a method of protracted suicide. It took ten days to kill you. When glyphosate came out a Japanese salesman and chemist presented it to the ag community by drinking it in front of a live audience. He suffered no negative physical effect from it. So, yes, it is not paraquat. But, no, people as a general rules should not consume herbicides.

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  32. Forty years ago the weed killer of choice was paraquat. The Japanese used it as a method of protracted suicide. It took ten days to kill you. When glyphosate came out a Japanese salesman and chemist presented it to the ag community by drinking it in front of a live audience. He suffered no negative physical effect from it. So, yes, it is not paraquat. But, no, people as a general rules should not consume herbicides.

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  33. Moore obtained a Ph.D. in ecology from the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia under the direction of Dr. C.S. Holling and forest ecologist Hamish Kimmins.

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  34. Robert Bear, then why the hell didn't he drink the glass of roundup ? Better yet why don't you volunteer troll.

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  35. I would hope that some day all those who have served MONSANTO in high positions since the 60's would come down with every vile, incurable, painful disease ever heard of……the Viet Cong and NVA may have killed 57,000 plus American servicemen…..BUT MONSANTO'S BODY COUNT NOT ONLY EXCEEDS 57K….but is still growing…..

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  36. Nickie Whittaker II Funny, because I know of Marine who served in Vietnam and has had YEARS of health issues after being directly in the path of a Glyphosate bombarding. I am sorry, but I take his word on it over yours.
    Instead how about YOU talk to him about it… if you have the nerve.

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  37. actually, he proved he WASN'T an idiot….only an idiot would drink a cup of Roundup! but he did prove what a sack of shit he was peddling.

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  38. If he were a REAL manager he'd of had one of his underlings come in and drink some! Sheesh, what's management coming to in this country!??? IDIOT! (as most of them are)

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  39. This article is not about a chemical from the past. It is about something that is sprayed on virtually everything that is sold in the grocery store

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  40. Robert Bear, don't you realize that sharing information contrary the popular mood is trolling? You should not be sharing truth, you should be discrediting Dr. Moore in any way you possibly can, even if it means fabrication.

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  41. You don't even NEED RoundUp to kill weeds. Just pour some boiling water on the damn plant. Problem solved!

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  42. After all, he said "YOU can drink a quart of Roundup and it wouldn't hurt you". He didn't say HE could. lol What a turd.

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  43. He's right not to drink something an adversary offers him. Would you drink something offered to you by a Monsanto rep on camera? Of course not. The interviewer could have put anything in there to make him sick or gag and the clip would have gone viral. Have any of you even bothered to look at WHO's 12+ page list of things that maybe cause cancer? Air pollution is on the list. That's right, Roundup is MAYBE just as carcinogenic walking outside on a smoggy day.

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  44. That was a dumb attempt to make a point by the interviewer. Saying something is safe to go into the groundwater isn't the same as drinking it. For example, cat and dog pee don't contaminate the groundwater but the interviewer isn't going to drink a glass of dog pee. The run off gets filtered before it's offered as potable water.

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  45. his retorts proved him the idiot

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  46. It's the only thing he has left…since clearly he has no balls 😉

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  47. LOL, guy lying calls guy calling him out for lying a "Complete Jerk".

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  48. I bet I could drink a cup of tide detergent and not die from it. But who wants to get the runs for a week.

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  49. "Patrick Moore promotes such anti-environmental positions as clearcut logging, nuclear power, farmed salmon,… " Wait, nuclear power and farmed salmon are anti-environmental? I didn't think they were very dirty industries…

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  50. If he was loyal to the company, he would have drank a glass, and then gone offstage to die from an unrelated issue.

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  51. This poor old man is so confused….first he says it is safe and then he would drink it and then says he would be a fool too drink it….I think Monsanto needs to give moron the boot

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  52. Greed and control, power over through perpetrating ignorance. If only other misinformation was in liquid form, rather than the concepts that can be so manipulated by words (like nuclear)

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  53. Here's the thing, Glysophate itself is a growth hormone. It grows the organic to death. If you used the original Round-up, the foliage would turn red several days after the uptake of the spray. That was the metabolic action of the hormone causing the plant to die. Original Round-up had no residual effect. It seems to now as advertised so i'm not sure what it has in it now. That was one of the drawbacks of Round-up for commercial growers. It wasn't a fast kind and it had no residual weed control so you had to respray continually. It was touted to be safe enough to drink. That's probably where this guy got his statement. Monsanto's patent has long since expired and glysophate is used by many in weed control products. Who knows what is in it for the residual control that is advertised.. I loved the stuff when i needed to control certain invasive weed pests or as a prep for a new crop field. It never hurt me or anything on my farm.
    My knowledge comes from a guy that owner the refinery that first produced the emulsifier for Monsanto when they first released Round-up. Rest in Peace Bill.

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  54. He doesn't work for Monsanto, genius. But I know that you anti-science folks typically don't let facts get in the way of your ignorant fear-mongering.

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  55. It's a simple case of nut up or shut up.

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  56. Piss is safe to drink, too. If someone offered you a glass, would you accept?

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  57. That is the type of person who would piss down your back and try to convince you it is raining.

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  58. Nickie Whittaker II Nixon drank Agent Orange, eh? That is big time B.S.

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  59. Lies and hypocrisy by "Dr." Moore.

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  60. This guy is stupid! I am not able to judge if it is really safe or not. But being safe does not mean that you can drink it. You will not drink ink or soft soap even if it is safe when you use them outside your body. This guy tries to argue strongly by making ridiculous argument, and have to eat it himself then.

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  61. Hey Craig, tell me all you learned about science when you got your BA in Art History, lib..

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  62. Karl Lehtonen My point being is it is about making money, not feeding people. With that kind of investment, How do you think they will see any returns, if people cannot afford to buy the rice.

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  63. The difference is that he said he would drink it, but did not put actions behind his words.

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  64. I don't understand. If it causes cancer, it would develop slowly, over time. So what does he mean people have tried ro commit suicide with it. I wonder if those who did are, have, or will develop cancer?

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  65. I'M GONNA USE MORE ROUNDUP THIS YEAR!! JUST TO PISS OFF YOU ENVIRONMENTAL WACKOS! IF IT WEREN'T FOR PRODUCTS LIKE ROUNDUP, FOOD COSTS WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER DUE TO HIGHER LABOR COSTS!! YOU PEOPLE CARE MORE ABOUT BUGS AND PLANTS THAN YOU DO REALLLL PEOOOPPPLLLLLEEEE !! YOU ARE HURTING FAMILIES WITH THIS HIPPY CRAP!

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  66. That's a whole different issue. Everything is dangerous in high doses. Water will kill you if you drink too much of it. It sounds like the guy you are quoting is exaggerating to make a point, but that doesn't mean a prescribed dose of a vaccine is dangerous. Vaccines save lives, that is a proven fact.

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  67. That's a whole different issue. Everything is dangerous in high doses. Water will kill you if you drink too much of it. It sounds like the guy you are quoting is exaggerating to make a point, but that doesn't mean a prescribed dose of a vaccine is dangerous. Vaccines save lives, that is a proven fact.

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  68. Michael Timothy If my whole purpose was to prove that piss is perfectly safe. Yes, yes I would drink my own. haha

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  69. Michael Timothy If my whole purpose was to prove that piss is perfectly safe. Yes, yes I would drink my own. haha

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  70. I seriously doubt that, some charitable nonprofit, with industry ties, will be distributing this. The point was that $100 million investment could have fed a lot of people. Instead of genetically modifying one food, why not buy the food that contains high vitamin A or teach people to grow them instead.

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  71. Go ahead and teach people in southeast Asia to grow carrots (for example). Nobody is stopping that endeavor. The problems you will encounter, however, is that the people there don't want to grow vitamin-rich vegetables, since they don't give very good caloric outputs for the amount of resources they require, and they need those caloric outputs to literally thrive. Also those crops haven't gone through optimizations yet to grow efficiently for the climate and the specific ecological challenges there, which would cost millions of dollars to do on those crops, too. In short, biodiversity is possible, but it will also be very costly. On the other hand, the farmers there already know how to grow rice, grow tons of it, and the rice also provides a sufficient caloric output needed to thrive.

    Shipping vitamin A supplements or vegetables to the area would only be a band-aid solution.

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  72. Our Nutty Canadian Cousin
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  73. Burt, you are so correct! There are people that don't even know what they ingesting … and then others don't believe it!

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  74. Dave Thompson if he knew he was going to make a claim like that and wanted to "prove" it, he would have had the foresight to fill up the Round-Up bottle with water, added a little food coloring (if it has any color) and poured himself a nice big glass of it to drink in front of his detractors….everyone could have predicted that he would be asked to drink it after making that claim. But he takes us to be fools and unable to think of such a "devious" trap….

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  75. Sometimes you just have to take one for the team, this wasn't one of those times…no balls…he he

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  76. the fact is that he said its safe you can drink it adn be fine, but then refuses it, and cat piss is natural, this isnt….

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  77. A scene identical to this happened in the 1950's with the tetraethyl lead that was, at the time added to gasoline.

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  78. Jon Dyson actuallg the only facts about vaccines have been released by people who profit from them. Drs who do not say quarantine killed polio and smallpox.

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  79. Jon Dyson , but you have a vaccine inventor/researcher stating in public that kids could have extreme doses and still be safe.

    Also, one cannot provide unequivitable scientific proof that any vaccine has saved any lives, only circumstancial evidence. One can find proof that vaccines have resulted in death and impaired recipients.

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  80. The vaccination argument is different, but only perhaps in the sense of corporate spin in opposition to the scientific learning curve. By that I mean yes – polio is being seen again but only (as far as I've seen) in areas of very poor sanitation and dodgy vaccination levels. Antibiotics and resistant strains of pathogens down to the same thing.
    Round up (glyphosate) is proven to be carcinogenic and it's systemic, meaning that crops gmed to resist it are loaded with it therefore entering multiple food chains. Bigger issue is seed monopolies and corporate power in lobbyism and legal systems.
    Were there perhaps errors in vaccines – undoubtedly, it is a pretty new science, but I would hope science is learning, if it's allowed to in a profit (non-philantropic) based society.
    At this point I find it difficult to say if I was a parent. But I was almost hospitalised from measles – I still remember being blind for over a week (back in late 60s). I would lean towards the pro vaccine but I appreciate that might be just a personal bias.

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  81. An old post, but worth adding: Curing vitamin A deficiency was never the aim. The type of rice modified was a wetlands Japonica variety, which is grown predominantly in areas with no vitamin A deficiency. Widespread Vitamin A deficiency occurs in south Asia where they grow predominantly dryland Indica varieties – which have not yet been modified commercially.

    Furthermore, no studies have been done on how beta carotene degrades over storage time – one sample sent to Germany contained less than 1% of the intended beta carotene.

    The final nail in the coffin is that beta carotene rich rice was an accident – they were trying to engineer higher lycopene, but due to the unpredictable nature of changing genes with viruses these beta carotene rich strains came to be. They then found their market. This speaks volumes about the supposedly highly accurate nature of gene splicing.

    Those who defend golden rice are either paid up or ignorant – maybe even both.

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