Protesters march outside Gates Foundation

Updated: Mar 17, 2012, 16:16 PM IST

Seattle: About 40 protesters marched in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to urge the organization to sever its ties with chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co.

KPLU-FM reports the Seattle protest was led by Agra Watch, a local group opposed to the Gates Foundation`s grants supporting research into genetically modified crops.

Agra Watch believes the crops will harm poor farmers overseas and that supporting Monsanto`s research only works to advance American agri-business interests.

Monsanto is the world`s leading manufacturer of genetically modified seeds, bovine growth hormone and Round-Up.

The man who heads the foundation`s agriculture program says there are a lot of misconceptions about what the organization is trying to do to improve farming in poor countries.

Roy Steiner says the foundation has put only a small amount of its development grants into genetically modifying seeds.

Bureau Report