HAUPPAUGE - Dozens of protesters rallied in Hauppauge today to raise awareness about the potential dangers of genetically modified foods as part of a larger, global protest against biotech company Monsanto.

Proponents of genetically modified foods say that such crops are simply grown from seeds that have been engineered to resist pest problems and increase yields. Critics say eating bio-engineered foods has an adverse affect on human health.

Scientists across the country and within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say that the technology is safe, but some residents aren't buying it, like Jean Weiss, who says hundreds of studies have shown that modified foods cause everything from autism to cancer.

Protesters who gathered in the rain today chanted their demand: to have genetically modified foods labeled as such before they're stocked on grocery store shelves.

Monsanto has posted a statement on its website that reads, "We oppose current initiatives to mandate labeling of ingredients developed from GM seeds in the absence of any demonstrated risks. Such mandatory labeling could imply that food products containing these ingredients are somehow inferior to their conventional or organic counterparts."