FOR HOW LONG MUSLIMS HAVE TO EAT AGRICULTURAL
PRODUCTS FERTILIZED BY PORK MANURE?
By: Dr. Abdel Rahman MIHALFFY, Sheik
Islamic Information and Documentation Center, Vienna, Austria
Member of Board/Islamic Shariya Control
(Viena-NewsHalal, Rabi`I 29, 1437, January 9, 2015)
In the Holy Quran there is a strong instruction to avoid pig:
Forbidden to you is the flesh of an animal which dies of itself, and blood and the flesh of swine; and that on which is invoked the name of one other than Allah; and that which has been strangled; and that beaten to death; and that killed by a fall; and that which has been gored to death; and that of which a wild animal has eaten, except that which you have properly slaughtered; and that which has been slaughtered at an altar. And forbidden is also that you seek to know your lot by the divining arrows. That is an act of disobedience. This day have those who disbelieve despaired of harming your religion. So fear them not, but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion. But whoso is forced by hunger, without being willfully inclined to sin, then, surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.
If you are at all familiar with the Bible you’ll probably remember that in it God specifically instructed His people not to eat pork and shellfish. Many people are surprised to find this out, but in the Old Testament God warned us that pig was unclean animal- a scavenger and not to be eaten (Leviticus 11.)
Dr. Josh Axe has made a very critical study on pig consumption.
He has published the following thoughts: No matter how you think about it, pigs are rather dirty animal. They are considered the scavengers of the farm (created to eliminate any waste on the farm), often eating anything they can find. This includes not only bugs, and whatever leftover scraps they find laying around, but also their own faces, as well as the dead carcasses of sick animals, including their own young.
Cannibalism among pigs
Know the facts:
Pork is one of the most consumed meats of the world. China is the largest producer of pigs that were first domesticated way back around 7500 B.C.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 100 viruses come to the United States each year from China through pigs. There are some obvious concerns about this. Aside from not needing more viruses to fight off, some of these viruses can prove to be downright dangerous to humans.
Of course, you’re probably familiar with H1N1, better known as the “swine flu”. This too is a virus that has made the leap from pig to human.
But H1N1 is not the only disease to fear from the pig. There are other sicknesses you can get directly or indirectly from the pig.
There are reasons that the meat of the pig becomes more saturated with toxins than many of its counterpart farm animals. The first reason has to do with the digestive system of a pig.
A pig digests whatever it eats rather quickly, in up to about four hours. On the other hand a cow takes a good twenty-four hours to digest what it’s eaten. During the digestive process, animals (including humans) get rid of excess toxins as well as other components of the food eaten that could be dangerous to health.
Since the pig’s digestive system operates rather basically, many of these toxins remain in their system to be stored in their more than adequate fatty tissues ready for our consumption. The other parts of these toxins leave the body of the pig in the manure and pollutes the soil and the crops what can absorb these toxins
Another issue is with the pig is that it doesn’t have any sweat glands. Sweat glands are a tool the body uses to be rid of toxins. This leaves more toxins in the pig’s body.
Did you know that pigs carry a variety of parasites in their bodies and meat? Some of these parasites are difficult to kill even when cooking.
One of the biggest concerns is the trichinellosis or trichinosis. This is an infection that pork can transfer to humans. This worm parasite is very commonly found in pork. When the worm, most often living in cyst in the stomach, opens through stomach acids, its larvae are released into the body of the pig. These new worms make their homes in the muscles of the pig. Next stop? The unknowing human body who consumes their infected meat flash or use pig manure as fertilizer to grow vegetables. This parasite is inside the pork manure too, so it can spread in all over the cops what is fertilized by pork manure.
Common symptoms of Trichinellosis:
Pigs carry many viruses and parasites with them. Whether by coming in direct contact with them through farms or by eating their meat we put ourselves at higher risk of getting one of these painful, often debilitating diseases.
Pigs are primary carriers of:
Taenia solium tapeworm
Hepatitis E virus (HEV)
PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome)
Each of these parasites and viruses can lead to serious health problems last for years to come.
Density of pigs in Europe:
Pig manures contain numerous microorganisms which can infect humans and/or animals, such as Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., and Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (Mycobacterium paratuberculosis).
There are several attempts to block bacterial pathogens like E. coli; S. enteritidis with antibiotics selected from the following: ampicillin; cefotaxime; chloramphenicol; erythromycin; gentamicin; tetracycline; vancomycin; metronizadole; nalidixic acid; and kanamycin;
Pig is a real storehouse of the antibiotics
There’s a global campaign to force meat producers to rein in their use of antibiotics on pigs, chickens and cattle. European countries, especially Denmark and the Netherlands, have taken the lead. The U.S. is moving, haltingly, toward similar restrictions. Now the concerns about rampant antibiotic use appear to have reached China, where meat production and antibiotic use have been growing fast.
Holland is double the size of New Jersey, and there are about 6,500 pork producers in all. Swine herds average 320 sows, with 10,000 sows representing the largest (4,000-head maximum on one site), and they produce about 25 million pigs annually. http://hollandfoodpartner.com/pig-farms/
Referring to CIO, Center for Isotope Research and IVEM, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands, http://www.rug.nl/research/portal/publications/pub(d5973dd1-5370-4345-88c8-596626d27231).html the life weight of an average pork in the Dutch fattening system is 115 kg. Its fattening period lasts only for 112 days when it reaches this weight. The average manure production in this period is 340 kg. This is the solid part but the majority of the manure is liquid. The farmers can repeatedly fatten the pigs 3.3 times in a year. In order to reach this result these amount of antibiotics.
In the Netherlands the number of pig farms in 2004 was 7.578 where 11.150.00 pig was produced per annum. After the global financial crises the concentration of the pig farms had taken place and as a result in 2010 the number of the farm decreased 7.030 where the production was 12.251.000 pig per annum while in 2012 only 6.500 farms produced more than 20.000 pigs. It is a tremendous amount of number which shows that the density of the animals has increased extremely.
High density of animals and extremely intensive technologies
Netherland is a lowland below the see level. The capillary system of the soil is under the pressure of the see and the pork manure what is mainly consist of liquid part, comes up near to the surface. Antibiotics and other additional materials together with the manure come up too what was used in the fattening. The pressure of the see on the capillary system practically pumps the ingredients of the pork manure into the vegetation. These materials represent hazard for human health because they can be absorbed by vegetables and horticulture products. The Netherlands is floating on the surface of the liquid pork manure.
The location of the pig farms in the Netherlands https://email@example.com,19.500732,7z coincides with the zone where vegetables and horticultural product are cultivated.
This huge amount of pork manure represents a heavy environmental hazard. The existing agricultural technologies use the pork manure as a fertilizer but this fertilizer is a poison:
Collecting the liquid pork manure:
Injecting liquid pork manure to the soil:
Pork manure in soil:
Hog waste being applied to spray fields:
Pool for liquid manure:
According to Matthew Cimitile, Environmental Health Sciences, today close to 70 percent of the total antibiotics and related drugs produced in the United States are fed to cattle, pigs and poultry, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Although this practice sustains a growing demand for meat, it also generates public health fears associated with the expanding presence of antibiotics in the food chain. http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/antibiotics-in-crops
Among the manures of the different livestock the pig is the most hazardous because of two reasons.
If there is no drug and antibiotic treatment on pork, the manure contains all parasites and viruses which can not be found in the manure of other animals and this cause health hazard for humans. These pathogens can pollute the soil and the crop itself.
Due to the high density of pigs the intensive technology can not avoid the use of high dosages of antibiotics. Without antibiotics epidemic diseases can easily spread in the stock what is kept densely. On the other hand the antibiotics and other hazardous drugs which are mixed in the fodder of the pigs cause intensive weight grows what makes possible to reach 115 kg life weight of pork during 112 days.
In Europe the Netherlands represents the most effected areas. Also the Netherlands exports huge amount of vegetables and horticulture product to the Muslim World. Our brothers and sisters directly or indirectly are exposed to the hazards what our Holy Quran warns to avoid.
Muslim World import fruits and vegetables from Europe and other region
The Hadith of our Holy Prophet (peace be upon Him) says:
لا ضرر ولا ضرار
No harm to you or to the others.
Referring to the evidences what science gives in our hand on the hazardous effects of pork manure on humans what even agricultural crops can transfer, and referring to our dignity as Muslims who have to wake up from the darkness and have to be aware about our rights and honor in the globalizing world,
and raising our voice for the sake of all humans and not only Muslims:
It is the time for our Ulemas to bring Fatwa to exclude those countries from the Islamic markets that use the manure of pig as fertilizer.
Dr. Abdel Rahman MIHALFFY, Sheik
Islamic Information and Documentation Center, Vienna, Austria
Member of Board/Islamic Shariya Control