El Danforth Plant Science Center, institución que dirige el consorcio para el desarrollo de yuca transgénica, del cual la UPR-RUM es miembro, depende económicamente de Monsanto desde que fue fundado. Miren en Google Maps- su sede está literalmente frente al corporate headquarters de Monsanto, al otro lado de la autopista 340 en el suburbio de Creve Coeur en la ciudad de St. Louis, Missouri.http://www.lobbywatch.org/profile1.asp?PrId=200
Dr Roger Beachy, is the founding president of the Danforth Plant Science Center, which was established by Monsanto and academic partners, including Peter Raven 's Missouri Botanical Garden. The Center was launched with a $70-million pledge from Monsanto, which also donated the Center’s 40-acre tract of land, near Monsanto's home town of St. Louis, valued at $11.4 million.
Beachy is also Professor in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. It was Beachy's work at Washington University which, in collaboration with Monsanto, led to the development of the world’s first genetically modified food crop, a variety of tomato that was modified for virus disease-resistance.
In 2003, in letters to the journals Science and Nature, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, complained that Beachy had published an editorial in Science and co-signed a letter in Nature Biotechnology without either journal disclosing that 'Beachy’s research on agricultural biotechnology has been funded by Monsanto and other biotech companies, even though the subjects of his submissions — the safety of genetically engineered crops and intellectual-property policies — are directly relevant to those companies.'