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Factors influencing Malaysian public attitudes to agro-biotechnology

Amin, Latifah and Ahmad, Jamil and Md Jahi, Jamaluddin and Md Nor, Abd Rahim and Osman, Mohamad and Mahadi, Nor Muhammad (2011) Factors influencing Malaysian public attitudes to agro-biotechnology. Public Understanding of Science, 20 (5). pp. 674-689. ISSN 0963-6625

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Despite considerable research in advanced countries on public perceptions of and attitudes to modern biotechnology, limited effort has been geared towards developing a structural model of public attitudes to modern biotechnology. The purpose of this paper is to identify the relevant factors influencing public attitudes towards genetically modified (GM) soybean, and to analyze the relationship between all the attitudinal factors. A survey was carried out on 1,017 respondents from various stakeholder groups in the Klang Valley region. Results of the survey have confirmed that attitudes towards complex issues such as biotechnology should be seen as a multifaceted process. The most important factors predicting support for GM soybean are the specific application-linked perceptions about the benefits, acceptance of risk and moral concern while risk and familiarity are significant predictors of benefit and risk acceptance. Attitudes towards GM soybean are also predicted by several general classes of attitude.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6408/9700
Uncontrolled Keywords: agro-biotechnology, factors influencing attitude, Malaysian, moral concerns, perceived benefit, structural equation modeling
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Biotechnology
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Mohamad Osman
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 16:53
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2011 16:53
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/9700

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