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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 5)
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Transgenic Organisms: An Ethical Dilemmafor Pakistan

Mukhtar Alam
Corresponding Author:  Mukhtar Alam 

Key words:  Bioethics, GMO’s, legislation, pakistan, transgenics, ,
Vol. 3 , (5): 366-368
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2011 April, 06 2011 May, 10 2011 September, 10
Abstract:

This study reviews the attitudes and policies vis-à-vis Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Pakistan’s social and legal context. The study recommends an open and serious debate on bio-ethical issues arising out of the introduction of GMOs from abroad or their indigenous development. All strata of the society needs to be made aware of the issues associated with GMOs; comprehensive legislation, effective regulatory mechanisms and competent institutions needs to be created for exploiting GMOs in an ethical and sustainable manner for the long term prosperity of the masses. A survey of social attitudes also concludes that a vast majority regards religious beliefs as the only framework for setting ethical standards. Hence, it is proposed that religious scholars may be educated on the issues and consulted for input during legislation and formulation of policies. A core group of experts is needed for guiding the legislators, policy makers and the public at large.
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Mukhtar Alam, 2011. Transgenic Organisms: An Ethical Dilemmafor Pakistan.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(5): 366-368.
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