But its natural!!
Now many on comment threads are calling for outright bans on hybrids, as they are not natural and humans had to make them. But wait, these aren't the Frankenfoods that they usually make up false information about! What are these curious "hybrids"?
Jennifer Mo @noteasy2begreen asked for a concise reference for what Genetic Modification really means. To me, it means, well, modifying genetics. It is when something is added to the genome, that is DNA added (or deleted or changed) in a cell's genetic material.
This is not the definition used in popular discussions. Genetic Modification in the common vernacular means a gene (or genes, usually a couple) that are added to an organism to confer a valued trait. This requires a lab and recombinant DNA technology.
But this is what I call the Frankenfood Paradox. Transgenic modification in the lab is the least invasive genetically, it is the most well understood, yet it is the one most shunned by those that oppose biotech.
Here is a table that might help. Click to enlarge.
Here are the ways that plants are genetically altered. Note that all of them are acceptable to most people, despite having no idea what the heck is being changed, and the huge number of genes affected.
Here is the paradox! What you will find is that transgenic technologies are much more understood, predictable, traceable and safe. Fewer genes are moved and we know what the genes do. We can determine where genes land in the genome and where/if/when/how much they are expressed. However, these are not allowed in organic cultivation and people want to label them. The acceptable methods move or alter tons more genes in random ways that can't be traced or even remotely understood.
I threw this together in a moment's notice, so please offer some comments!!! Let's keep it accurate as can be (e.g. I can't think of any documented adversity on a polyploid or mutation breeding line).