These terraces were built a long time ago,
by our ancestors. Before the time of Jesus. For us, rice is life. It’s the first food we have. We grow everything organically here. We also run a health program… …and it doesn’t seem appropriate that we would run a health program,
but use poison in our farms. We have apprehensions about Golden Rice because we are an organic farm, and we are concerned about the contamination of our seeds. We also eat the rice ourselves, and we are concerned for the health of our families. And if we sell the rice, we have to be really sure of the product. We have pumpkin and squash, which are perfectly adapted to grow here… …as well as lots of leafy vegetables, like ‘moringa’. Vitamin A is all around. There are many alternatives. Not just engineering and eating Golden Rice. As a Sharia scholar, I do not believe that GMOs are the solution to world hunger. As Muslims, we should only eat halal food. When we say ‘halal’, we mean it has no impurities,
and will not cause harm to our body and health. So what we are saying is that GMO food should be avoided. That is what we classify as ‘masbu’ – food that should be avoided. What we should do, is bring back the food of our forefathers.