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SSA could not be possible without the generous support of Drs. Herbert A. and Betty Lou Lubs and the Science, Society, and the Arts Research Conference Endowment. We are deeply grateful!
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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 35: ENVS Capstone: The Hawaiian GE Papaya: A Microcosm for Understanding GMO Opposition and Strategies for Successful Implementation

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This paper aims to understand the basis of consumer concern about the negative health impacts that are associated with GMOs. Specifically, this paper will use the genetically-engineered papaya in Hawaii as a case study in how to overcome public concern. Despite a relentless campaign by anti-GMO groups to halt approval, the GE papaya was approved for use. This paper will examine the overwhelming scientific evidence showing no harmful health impacts associated with the GE papaya and how the anti-GMO lobby misinterpreted scientific studies to cast the GE papaya in a negative light. As a research objective, this paper will compare the demographic determinants of negative attitudes toward GMO safety and the major concerns of Hawaiians to those of all Americans and investigate anti-GMO campaign tactics to explore whether this case can be used as a model for successful GMO implementation in the mainland USA.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library