I don't like posting when I am sleepy but all this sounds like the typical Chemophobia
As well as a general fear of genetic engineering. Some of this is along the same line as vaccine deniers.
It is most often used to describe the assumption that "chemicals" are bad and "natural" things are good. General chemophobia derives from a misunderstanding of science, and is a form of technophobia and fear of the unknown.
"Astronomy offers an aesthetic indulgence not duplicated in any other field. This is not an academic or hypothetical attraction and should require no apologies, for the beauty to be found in the skies has been universally appreciated for unrecorded centuries."