This is increasingly how I try to talk about GM topics and I’ve long been wiling to talk about the complexity and always say “Take each GMO product on a case-by-case basis”. (and indeed, if consumers want to be informed about their food, the only way I see being able to do that is to create an accessible database that has all the information a consumer might want- farm, plant background, pesticides used during that growth season, GM or not, etc. for all food- not just biotech-created GM.
And the “ask, ask, understand” model works for most people most of the time, I imagine.
Here’s what I run into frequently though with people that are die-hard anti-GM: none are acceptable, context doesn’t exist, they are all bad no matter the modification (they use the “gateway” argument…allow one and you’re allowing them all all of a sudden).
I realize this isn’t that common to run across and that engaging in the discussion with someone deadset against biotechnology is more often about the audience listening in rather than the person you’re conversing with. And I am still respectful and do bring up most of the points you make here whether the person is receptive to that or not.