SEATTLE (WKOW) -- About 40 protesters marched in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to urge the organization to cut ties with chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co.
A Seattle group against the foundation's support for research into genetically modified crops led the protest, according to KPLU-FM.
Agra Watch says the crops will harm poor farmers overseas.
Monsanto is the world's leading manufacturer of genetically modified seeds, bovine growth hormone and Round-Up.
The man in charge of 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 only put a small amount of its development grants into genetically modifying seeds.