Shehata selected for Netherlands conference

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Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A University of Hawaii at Hilo professor’s research on local attitudes toward genetically modified fruit has been selected for presentation at the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Conference –Europe in the Netherlands.

Dr. Sabry Shehata’s paper was one of only 50 selected from around the world for presentation at the international conference to be held June 17-19, 2007, at the World Forum Convention Center in the Hague.

The theme of this year's conference is "Building Bridges: issues for future risk research," and will feature speakers and academics from a wide range of risk analysis disciplines. Authors will be allowed a maximum of 18 minutes to expound on their findings.

“The Attitudes of Hawai`i Consumers Toward Genetically Modified Fruit” is based on a survey conducted throughout the State. Shehata’s paper discusses whether genetically-modified fruit should be labeled, and has become an important study of consumer opinion about GMOs.

Shehata, a professor of agricultural economics, said his participation will give Hawai`i a place on the world stage. He plans to use that platform to bring his findings to the attention of the international community.

“I’m looking forward to this presentation as an opportunity to promote a greater understanding of the issues regarding genetic modification,” Shehata said. “This will enable Hawai`i to work in collaboration with European and international colleagues to help consumers throughout the world become more knowledgeable about this topic.”

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