Should Muslims Avoid GMO?

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From 1 July this year in Russia enters into force a law that allows registration and subsequent planting of genetically modified seed crops. The first harvest of genetically modified raw materials grown on Russian fields, it is expected to reap in 2016. First in Russia imported genetically modified crops: soybean, corn, beans, rice, and even beets and potatoes.

This news in the media as the subject of GMOs, caused a wide public resonance, because the issue of production and consumption of transgenic food continues to be an ongoing subject of discussion in various layers of the society. Consumer reactions to the spread of GMO products can be observed diametrically opposite: from almost a panic to absolutely indifferent.

In Russia, there is a law which regulates the compulsory labelling of products containing GMOs in the amount of more than 0.9%. In Europe, also provides for mandatory labeling. There buyer decides whether to buy him a cheap food, but with a GMO or fork out for products without transgenes so-called organic food.

In addition, it is observed the trend of the formation of the so-called "Zones free of GMOs". For example, 15 of the 20 regions of Italy declared such zones, and Switzerland and did become a country completely free of GMOs. which was decided by a nationwide referendum.

To judge about harm or, conversely, the harmlessness of GMO products objectively almost impossible because all judgments on this account actually are in the nature of rumors. Many try to avoid GMO products, convinced that if it does not affect their health, with high probability can affect children and grandchildren.

It is noteworthy that even so conservative and closed Christian community, such as the American Amish, adopted the use of genetically modified crops, "because they allow for lower cost of cropping intensity (such as the use of pesticides and fertilizers), and are more productive, while not conflicting with the Amish way of life".

As for Islam, at the moment there is no unequivocal opinion that the products grown using genetic engineering causes harm to the body, Muslim scholars generally allow GMOs. Products produced using genetic engineering they compare with grown by the method of the usual selection. However, there are also some controversy over the use of pig genes in a particular GMO-products.

Nuria Gibadullina

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