Interview with Head of Biotechnology Society of Iran in connection with the fifth meeting Kartahna Biosafety Protocol Parties in Japan
Question: Dr Malboobi, why fifth meeting of Biosafety Protocol Parties Kartahna is so important?
The dimensions of these summits and the importance of national and international dimensions and are important. The national aspects as regards the present and future food security, close ties with GM products has found, that the decisions of such Ajlas·hayy of international law are binding can also have economic and social consequences are at the national level. International aspects of the summit resolutions can not spread or expanded use of genetic engineering and food security will be.
Q: combine the government delegation at the summit How do you see?
One problem with government representatives participate in these meetings is of unknown number and composition of participants is up to the last moments. This causes the other hand, the public and especially professionals and scientific societies Unlike Biosafety Protocol stipulates Kartahna unable to hear your opinions authorities and participants join the Iranian delegation and the other being unknown to the company representatives motivated them to read thousands Page and technical texts and drafts complex set forth in these summits are away. For example, the current secretary of the meeting of the National Biosafety Council failed to reach only three of its executives with the Ministry of Agriculture into the meeting have been delayed one day.
Q: You talked of the importance of the summit, you can more explicit about the effectiveness of this summit and how the information can be provided to our readers?
Parties meeting the role that now plays such as when the International Atomic Energy Agency (NPT) was formed. Our meeting today is that it works well we see. Means access to cheap and clean energy needs to prove himself and has permission from the powers and otherwise with the pressures and sanctions will unfairly face. Similarly in the near future use of bio-technologies for food security within the country should be a similar trend.
Q: The doctor given that some middle managers in the Ministry of Agriculture and State Environmental Protection Agency, sometimes on farms and food free of GM products insist Iran and even the corners can be heard a few people in official positions as thoroughly explain the conviction and principle, what they need to insist on the presence of such a meeting and there are protocols? Is not it better we write a word and a line where expressly any legal production and consumption and import and export bans GM crops we?
First, the Biosafety Law Islamic Republic and even earlier in the Cabinet decisions of previous governments and the general policy of the current system, using advanced technology and new biotechnology products derived from GM organisms in all the above not only accepted but also create measures to fulfill its duty of government is too. We wonder how many people that the middle manager as his personal opinions national positions in and out of speech and violated the Act affect the system and imposing their views of the country are deprived of an advanced technology. Second, we inevitably exposed to the consumption of GM products, and we will. A country where over 90 percent of oil and oil seeds and more than 3 million tons annually of their corn out and directly or indirectly from the big exporting countries like Brazil and Argentina GM products will not enter their self-knowing these products. So our presence in this meeting should be in line with national interests and achieve the benefits from genetic engineering is stated in the Convention on Biological Diversity. Third, more than 14 years that GM products successfully in over 25 countries by 14 million farmers went under cultivation and the products that hundreds of millions of tons of food, human and animal forms in human and animal food chain located Even a verifiable reports about its adverse effects have been reported and while concealing and irritable due to some thought middle managers, Iran's share of the global market, its imports of these products is limited. Yet Iran is one of the few countries that own independent technology of genetic engineering in agriculture has been achieved and could face obstacles in managing the country's name quickly worldwide bombers and Tanin profits from the nation dedicated to Iran. So hopefully with the approval of the executive regulations of the National Biosafety Act, particularly section how licensing review and prepare the way for commercialization of GM products resulting from research within the country be opened up to investment from countries in the past two decades as troops trained, equipped and related research centers funded projects to fruition arrive.