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Stung Again: Europe's GMO Honey Ruling Puts Future Of Agriculture At Risk

Op Ed: A recent decision by the European Court of Justice regulating the components of honey is absurdly rigid and far-reaching, and could undercut any agricultural technological advancements in E.U. countries.

A French honey bee (wwarby)
A French honey bee (wwarby)
Ulli Kulke

BERLIN - Opponents of genetically modified foods are claiming sweet victory after a recent decision by the European Court of Justice regulating the components of honey. Although this decision pertains exclusively to honey production, the writing may be on the wall for the future of green biotech throughout the European Union, and across the entire agriculture sector.

When absurdity reaches a peak, as it has with this recent decision, the only place it can go from there is back down to earth.

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Artificial Satellite Pollution, Perils For Biodiversity In Space And On Earth

Exploiting space resources and littering it with satellite and other anthropogenic objects is endangering the ecosystem of space, which also damages the earth and its creatures below.

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Thomas Lewton

Outer space isn’t what most people would think of as an ecosystem. Its barren and frigid void isn’t exactly akin to the verdant canopies of a rainforest or to the iridescent shoals that swim among coral cities. But if we are to become better stewards of the increasingly frenzied band of orbital space above our atmosphere, a shift to thinking of it as an ecosystem — as part of an interconnected system of living things interacting with their physical environment — may be just what we need.

Last month, in the journal Nature Astronomy, a collective of 11 astrophysicists and space scientists proposed we do just that, citing the proliferation of anthropogenic space objects. Thousands of satellites currently orbit the Earth, with commercial internet providers such as SpaceX’s Starlink launching new ones at a dizzying pace. Based on proposals for projects in the future, the authors note, the number could reach more than a hundred thousand within the decade. Artificial satellites, long a vital part of the space ecosystem, have arguably become an invasive species.

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