New study: Monsanto’s toxins kill human kidney cells

  • Published on March 14th, 2012

science vs monsantoHow safe are Monsanto’s  genetically-modified (GMO) food crops?

Not so much. A new study shows that both of Monsanto’s major products (which the company claims are harmless to people) in fact can cause damage to human kidney cells.

Bugkiller + weedkiller

On the one hand, the study by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France, found that despite Monsanto’s protestations to the contrary, the Bt toxin can distrupt the cell membranes of human cells, leading to their death. The toxin is only supposed to do that in the guts of the bugs it targets.

Bt has been used for years as a naturally-derived pesticide; the big difference here is that Monsanto’s gene-splicing wizards made corn and other food-bearing plants grow the Bt internally. When it’s used in organic agriculture you can just wash the Bt off with water; you can’t do that when it’s inside ever cell of the corn you’re eating.

As Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji noted in an article at the Institute for Science In Society website,

These studies, along with the observation that Bt protein is present in the blood of pregnant women and their babies makes it an urgent matter for the health impacts of Bt proteins in GMO crops to be thoroughly investigated along with the known effects on the environment and non-target species [that is, in us].

The study also tested interactions with glyphosate, the weedkiller Monsanto sells as the other half of its chemical romance. Monsanto’s plants are immune, so farmers douse their fields with the stuff (under the trade name “Roundup”), killing every weed plant but leaving the corn, cotton, or soybeans… which leaves a residue on the crop that also get ingested by you, the end customer.

Unsurprisingly, (to some of us, at least), the glyphosate also caused serious problems.

Known unknows

This comes as France is trying to get the European Union to ban GMO crops completely. (See: France pushes to ban Monsanto’s GMO corn across the entire EU.) As Dr Sirinathsinghji noted,

The EU commission approved this crop in 2009, concluding that it “is as safe as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on human and animal health”. In response to their publication the research team raised questions about the safety assessment procedure stating that their findings were a “surprising outcome and this risk was somehow overlooked” in past assessments of such crops.

Overlooked, indeed. As we noted earlier, Monsanto has been systematically blocking research into the toxic affects of their pet chemicals, as well as attacking scientists who dare to speak out against them. (See: Monsanto blocks research on GMO safety.)

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About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.
  • Angel Nance

    Amazing what Monsanto can get away with. Now, if I had the money to grease the politicians hands like Monsanto does, I would have all the Organic food i need in the supermarkets. It’s all about the money and scientific research. I try to educate people all the time on the dangers of that awful company. Most people tell me, it tastes good and that is all that maters. OMG! ignorance on purpose. We are so doomed. Ugh!

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  • John

    There’s a typo in the article – Roundup is “glyphosate” not “glyphosphate”.
    Also… there’s a Roundup ad appearing at the top of this page…
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    • Jeremy Bloom

      Thanks… corrected.

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  • Joanne Renshaw

    Forgive the grammatical errors on my previous comment… I do that, especially when I am aghast.

  • Joanne Renshaw

    What? Have regulations to protect the public? Get govenments to force corporations to do the right thing because corporations can’t be be trusted to do the right thing withot government intervention? Who posted this on this article on her Facebook… not the conservative outspoken Brenda Renshaw Smith?

  • Joel

    Can you provide links or references to the actual studies you are writing about here?

  • Just as some people are allergic to peanuts, I, and my father, are allergic to GMOs. Six years ago I was very sick. Then I read about a lady who who had the same symptoms as I. She fed her home-made stew to her husband and the excess to her dog. Her dog almost died. It turned out the stew was made with Bt-corn. By avoiding GM foods she recovered. By me avoiding GM foods I mostly recovered. I told my dad and he mostly recovered. However I learned to late to save my oldest son who died of liver cancer that I believe was caused by the toxins in GM food. [http://Opinion.FarTooMuch.Info/GMO.htm] If I accidentally eat GM foods, I will know several hours later. The Bt-toxin is a poison.

  • Excellent article thank you!

  • Frankenfish- I readed a Clive Cussler book not to long ago about frankenfish. Yes it was fiction but really scary because it could happen anytime! Everyone should check it out!! Another type of terror, food dominace, breeding out the abilty to breed, and what evalution can do to change what we think we can control!!!