NEW BRUNSWICK - Thousands of people across the globe protested today against agricultural giant Monsanto.

In New Jersey, hundreds rallied in Atlantic City and New Brunswick to protest the company's genetically modified foods.

Monsanto says that genetic engineering produces seeds that resist chemicals and produce greater crop yields.

Many activists believe, however, the health risks and long-term eco-effects of genetically modified foods far outweigh any benefit.

"While we respect each individual's right to express their point of view on these topics, we believe we are making a contribution to improving agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land," Monsanto said in a statement today.

The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a food labeling bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.