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Allahyari Frad N. A study of Islamic (Shia) views about consumption of genetically modified organisms products. IJMEHM 2013; 6 (1) :74-83
URL: http://ijme.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5066-en.html
National Institute of Genetic Engineering and biotechnology, Tehran, Iran , allahyar@nigeb.ac.ir
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Biotechnology is a high technology that is bound to play an important role in the future world due to its wide range of applications in different parts of industry, agriculture, medicine, environment and so on. In our country special attention has been paid to biotechnology as a strategic technology. While the production and consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMO) products is witnessing an upsurge in the world on account of the value of cultivation and production, Iran does not have a noticeable share in this field. Food and agriculture organization (FAO) has predicted that food preparation for the 9.1 billion world population in 2050 will require a 70 percent increase in food production throughout the world and a 100 percent increase in food production in developing countries. Report of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) indicates that biotechnology can be a key solution to the growing demand for food in the world. The development and operation of targeted biotechnology in compliance with all aspects of biosafety and bioethics will cause food production and productivity to increase. Naturally, this depends on culture making, production and commercialization of GMO products and changing the society’s consumption pattern. Jurisprudential views of consumption of GMO products, however, will lead us to bioethics-related issues and proper use of such products. In this study the views of grand jurisprudents were pursued about various aspects of direct and indirect consumption of GMO products in the form of four questions. All of the grand jurisprudents permit consumption of GMO products, and some do so with reservations: that they do not entail losses in the present and future, and that product information be truthfully disclosed to customers. This paper reports the responses received, and discusses the bioethical aspects of the views of grand ayatollahs.
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Received: 2013/06/21 | Accepted: 2013/07/6 | Published: 2013/07/6

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