It's been more than a decade since I cooked with Teflon. I use glass, stainless steel, cast iron, or ceramic/enamel (love that old original Corningware from eBay!).
Much like eating real food, it's not hard to switch and the result tastes better.
People preemptively reject GMOs for a fairly rational reason: they come from industries and an establishment with a hard documented history of lying and covering up problems. If a confirmed pathological liar comes to you with a new product and tells you it's safe...
I asked someone I knew who was very anti-GMO once if shs would consider them if they were being designed and tested by open non-profit agencies with a dedication to the public interest. She said yes.
For quite a few people, perhaps most, it's not some superstitious fear of the technology per se but a very rational distrust of the people who are wielding it.
I don't doubt all your other points, but why did you include this one?
Are you claiming that teflon-coated surfaces somehow add a taste, or demonstrably change the texture of the food cooked on it?
No it hasn't.
Teflon is not toxic at all.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt as assume you are just confusing it with precursors to teflon instead of teflon itself.
"Use low or medium heat with Teflon skillets and pans. When Teflon-coated cookware is overheated, the cookware releases fumes that may cause flu-like symptoms in humans."
I prefer other types of cookware, for myself.
Teflon is safer than the oil you are cooking with. If you heated it hot enough to make fumes from the teflon you would have a cloud of smoke from the oil.
They know this because did a test and found that oil is more toxic to birds than teflon.
So go ahead and cook with teflon on high, it's safer than using a lot of burning oil.
Exposure of Japanese Quail and Parakeets to the Pyrolysis Products of Fry Pans Coated with Teflon® and Common Cooking Oils
plastic handle: 370°C/698°F
"FRANKLIN D. GRIFFITHa, SUSAN S. STEPHENSa & FIGEN O. TAYFUNa"
Footnote a: "a Haskell Laboratory for Toxicology and Industrial Medicine, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Wilmington, Delaware 19898"
I expect them to tell the truth. Do you accuse them of lying?
Because this is a very straightforward piece of research, it's not one of those cases where you can fudge the numbers with statistics, to cherry pick results out of nothing.
I'm willing to believe that if this study had bad results they might not have published it (which is why affiliated-type studies usually have "good" results). But since they did publish it, I am not willing to believe they lied.
Plus it's well known birds will die from smoke, it's also quite well known at what point butter or oil will smoke. This isn't very complicated research, and it fits perfectly with other known information.
If you still have doubts after this then that is simply your bias, not logic.
You’re right: I already said my default position is suspicion when dealing with companies that have lied profusely in the past.
I’m going to sign off and stop thinking about why you are pushing your point in multiple places in this thread. Maybe I’ll cook some steak in a stainless steel pan. Subversive, I know :-)
No. I am telling you your reasons are illogical.
> and stop thinking about why you are pushing your point in multiple places in this thread
It's not complicated. I happen to know something, so I am telling people.
If you are starting to think I have other motives then that's clearly a pattern in your mind and you will have to decide for yourself why you do that.