The Webb Space Telescope discovers complex organic molecules in a galaxy more than 12 billion light-years away

Galaxy of complex organic molecules

Astronomers using the Webb Telescope have discovered evidence of complex organic molecules resembling smoke or smog in the distant galaxy shown here. The galaxy, more than 12 billion light-years away, appears to line up almost perfectly with a second galaxy just three billion light-years from our perspective on Earth. In this false-color Webb image, the … Read more

Viewpoint: It’s time for transparency How promoting the supposed benefits of organic food misleads shoppers and undermines our agricultural system

Viewpoint: It's time for transparency How promoting the supposed benefits of organic food misleads shoppers and undermines our agricultural system

RMore predictable howls from organic lobbyists greeted this year’s recent decision to allow temporary use of neon dressings on sugar beet crops to protect against yellow virus disease. It is not credible to say that an exemption is temporary or emergency when used year after year. For how many years will the bans on these … Read more

EU ruminates on easing rules on gene technology: organic sector concerned

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The European Commission is considering easing rules on genetic modification for agricultural crops, causing concern in the organic sector. Supporters of genetic techniques, such as CRISPR-Cas, argue that they can speed up reproduction processes, reduce the use of pesticides and improve food security. However, organic farming and retail organizations are concerned about potential impacts, including … Read more