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Ethylene/Ethene (C2H4)

A colourless, flammable, gas. It"s the most widely-used synthetic/organic chemical used to produce polythene (polyethylene).

Of culinary interest it is used to "ripen" fruit - particularly oranges, bananas (which produce the gas naturally) and tomatoes; the former needing cold weather, and the latter, sunshine, to look their expected colours.

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