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Protesters march outside Gates Foundation


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.

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