We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Would you buy this apple if I told you it wouldn’t brown when you cut into it or took a bite? Would you buy this apple if I told you it was genetically modified to not turn brown?
One wonders if Dr. Oz would buy a navel orange? After all, that orange tree has been modified so that it doesn't produce seeds.
When you try to find the difference between hybrid and GMO on the interweb, you find that a lot of it is that GMO is done by large companies in a laboratory, that it sometimes involves patents and intellectual property, and that nobody knows what could happen from GMO seeds. The juxtaposition of big companies, unnatural (in a lab), patents, and the unknown is too much for some people.
No wonder the article is on slate.com and no wonder there was an ad for MSNBC embedded in it.
When a person has a limited ability to assess risk, fear of the unknown and ignorance compounds the problem.
It is one of the reasons why we have a runaway regulatory state. Bureaucrats and activists have learned they can increase their power by playing up and exaggerating the fears of the ignorant and the stupid.