Halal – Immediately many Muslims and Non Muslims thinks that Meat or Meat based products, this is not their fault or ignorance! We used to produce our own food, cosmetics, drugs in the past, now due to globalization environment and Modern technology world we need raw materials, flavors, ingredients, colors, enzymes from other countries.
Halal means – Clean, Permitted ,Lawful , Hygiene , suitable for human consuming , also Wholesome of the product which includes fair-trade , animal welfare , social responsible , safety, Eco Friendly , Environment friendly , Free from child labor etc.
Eating habits of people reflect upon their mental and spiritual standing, They Say” Man is known by the food he eats” People given to eating “clean” foods try to behave like clean people in all respects. Whereas people given to eating “abominable” foods, naturally enough, behave abominably.
There are still hundreds of products in the market which are in doubtful stage and we need to verify whether those products are actually safe or not. But unfortunately the community is not aware about these things resulting in Unlawful consumption/use of those products.
Halal essentially is a lifestyle choice of 1.72 billion Muslims in over 142 countries around the world. It’s a way of life for ne quarter of the world population.
This is a huge diversity of people from different countries, of varied tastes and demands. But with one common bond – they all seek the assurance represented by the halal symbol. A symbol that tells them that the food they eat, the pharmaceuticals they use, the cosmetics they apply, and the services they demand are all certified lawful and wholesome in keeping with ethical principles and laws.
Genetically modified fruits and vegetables:
Genetically modified foods (or GM foods) are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. These techniques have allowed for the introduction of new crop traits as well as a far greater control over a food’s genetic structure than previously afforded by methods such as selective breeding and mutation breeding.
Genetically-modified foods (GM foods) have made a big splash in the news lately. European environmental organizations and public interest groups have been actively protesting against GM foods for months, and recent controversial studies about the effects of genetically-modified corn pollen on monarch butterfly caterpillars have brought the issue of genetic engineering to the forefront of the public consciousness in the U.S.
The world population has topped 6 billion people and is predicted to double in the next 50 years. Ensuring an adequate food supply for this booming population is going to be a major challenge in the years to come. GM foods promise to meet this need in a number of ways, like, pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance, drought tolerance etc.
Environmental activists, religious organizations, public interest groups, professional associations and other scientists and government officials have all raised concerns about GM foods, and criticized agribusiness for pursuing profit without concern for potential hazards, and the government for failing to exercise adequate regulatory oversight. Most concerns about GM foods fall into three categories: environmental hazards, human health risks, and economic concerns.
Changing world demographics and increasing global demand are resulting in new opportunities in the global halal food market. The growing Muslim population will increase demand for halal food products, and the emergent consumer market of non-Muslims who consume halal food products for ethical and safety reasons will become increasingly important. Increasing incomes in majority-Muslim countries around the world have driven consumers to seek new and differentiated halal certified products that are not readily available in the market.
The Global Halal industry is worth 2.8 trillion dollars and most of it is being produced by non-Muslims countries such as Singapore, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, UK, USA and India.