Is Your Morning Cereal Damaging Your Liver?

Corn Kernels

We tried to give Monsanto the benefit of the doubt when the company announced that it wanted to produce soybeans with extra helpings of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid-boosting oils. But new research from a study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences indicates that any good from extra omega-3s will be minimal compared to the potential heart, kidney, and liver damage caused by Monsanto crops.

The study, conducted by French researchers, showed that consumption of Monsanto maize damaged lab rats' organs after just 90 days. The problem isn't the maize itself—it's the pesticide residue on top of it. That doesn't bode well for humans, but more studies need to be performed before anyone can say for sure that Monsanto-branded corn is killing us. The researchers freely admit that their study can't be applied to all GMO crops. And in the future, they recommend that a long-term animal feeding study be conducted in at least three species. But we just can't shake this sentence from our minds: "Our analysis highlights that the kidneys and liver as particularly important on which to focus such research as there was a clear negative impact on the function of these organs in rats consuming GM maize varieties for just 90 days."

Is this the beginning of the end of Monsanto's hold over agriculture? Probably not, at least until further studies confirm the findings in humans. If nothing else, it could give a much-needed boost to local organic farms that sell their wares for higher prices but can promise crops that won't kill your liver.

[Via GOOD]

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  • Sergio Arroyo

    ok so are monsanto maize products currently used in commercially available food products? if yes which particular products?

  • Tom Rivers

    Perhaps my usual breakfast of only coffee isn't so bad after all. :)
    Seriously, I am impressed by how fast Monsanto found and responded to this story. Whichever side you are on, it is a great example of a company monitoring and protecting their online reputation. Perhaps the subject of a new article?

  • Kathleen Manning

    In the paper you refer to above, Seralini and his colleagues use non-traditional statistical methods to reassess toxicology data from studies conducted with the three Monsanto corn varieties, and reach unsubstantiated conclusions.You can read more about it on the Monsanto blog here:

    Thanks so much,

    Kathleen Manning
    Monsanto Company

  • George Rohrs

    Is this really a "Gee wiz, really?" moment for most educated consumers? Hope not. The commercial agriculture business is incredibly toxic. The river of poison that runs through most supermarket meat and grains, alcohol, dairy, etc is probably taking years off our lives. The consumers with the most disposable cash, the people able to afford more organic food will be the most rewarded in the end. So, if you want to live longer, make more money. Money may not buy happiness, but it can buy you extra years on earth. Seems pretty decent to me.

  • Timothy Gregory

    Likely this refers to Round-up Ready corn, the seed from which comes from Monsanto. See recent article in nytimes that Monsanto (and licensees of same GMO technology) now control over 90% of the market. Farmers, per contract with seed company, are not allowed to preserve seed from one season to the next.

    If you're not buying organic, you're likely buying this kind of corn...

  • Jensen Gelfond


    Are the pesticides Monsanto specific (made only for GMOs)?

    How would one be able to tell if crops with these kinds of pesticides are in specific food products? i.e. could it be in any corn-based food product that is not labeled organic?