Shehata selected for Spain conference

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Date: Monday, January 14, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management professor will present his research on Japanese and Hawaiian attitudes toward genetically modified fruit at an international conference, to be held September 22-25, 2008 at the Universidad Politecnica, Spain for the joint ESREL 2008 and the 17th SRA-Europe Conference.

The conference will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of scientific papers covering theory, methods and applications in the fields of risk, safety and reliability to a wide range of sectors and problem areas and will feature speakers and academics from a wide range of risk analysis disciplines.

Dr. Sabry Shehata, professor of agricultural economics, will make a presentation on “The Attitudes of Japanese and Hawai`i Consumers Toward Labeling Genetically Modified Fruit.” His research is based on a survey conducted in Japan and throughout the State. Shehata’s paper discusses whether genetically modified fruit should be labeled, and the role of the government to enforce such law.

“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 farmers and consumers throughout the world become more knowledgeable about this topic.”

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