I'm a scientist and educator, so it is really important for me that our public understands science and technology. It is hard to see a good technology that has been used with an amazing safety and efficacy record get trashed.
So that's why I dip my toe into the discussion. We don't "think they are safe"; when we look at the data, there is no evidence to the contrary after 17 years on the market.
I can't speak for others, but I see this technology as a great way to solve problems for people. We can design crops to grow in floods, drought and heat. We can make plants with higher nutrition. We can make plants that last longer. These are huge gains for the farmer, the environment and the needy.
What I am trying to gain is your support to move these technologies forward, and fast. We all agree that we need solutions. Biotech crops are part of that solution.