Karin Kloosterman – Green Prophet http://www.greenprophet.com Impact news for the Middle East Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:43:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.greenprophet.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-green-prophet-logo-2-300x123-32x32.png Karin Kloosterman – Green Prophet http://www.greenprophet.com 32 32 The White House Garden gets support to endure from Burpee seed company http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/white-house-kitchen-garden-burpee/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/white-house-kitchen-garden-burpee/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:13:53 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=113045 michelle-obama-white-house-garden

Michelle Obama has made America’s gardening great and she’s now laying down roots so the gardening tradition will continue even after her family leaves the White House this January. Obama created the garden in 2009, and made sure to expand it twice so it will be hard to plow under by the next family. She’s expanding and improving it so it will endure, along with the American values of gardening to discourage obesity, and get kids outdoors.

The garden started at 1100 square feet to more than double in size at 2800 square feet. It has walkways, wooden tables and benches. A stone reads: “White House Kitchen Garden, established in 2009 by First Lady Michelle Obama with the hopes of growing a healthier nation for our children.”

A new endowment by the seed and home gardening company, W. Atlee Burpee Company, and The Burpee Foundation will keep Obama’s dream alive. While there is no White House law that must keep the garden alive, Burpee’s latest $2.5 million donation will ensure that it is tended to and thrives into the future, as Michelle has intended as a legacy to her husband’s time in Office.

Burpee Seeds, officially W. Atlee Burpee & Co., is a seed company that was founded by Washington Atlee Burpee in 1876.

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According to Venelin Dimitrov, a senior manager at Burpee, regardless of who moves into the White House, Michelle’s garden can live on: “The idea is to preserve the legacy left by First Lady Michelle Obama,” he tells Green Prophet.

Dimitrov, a specialist in flowers, helped create the special seed blends that were donated for distribution at U.S. national parks.

Honey bees are on a swift decline, and Monarch butterflies are now considered endangered. By encouraging people to plant flowering plants, we can ensure that pollinator food such as fruits and many vegetables that will continue to feed us into the future.

Dimitrov says that it’s also about historical preservation to have a garden in the White House: “Most of the Founding Fathers were farmers and gardeners and it’s a neat idea to have a garden in the White House similar to President Jefferson’s garden in Monticello” where he grew more than 300 varieties of plants.

Thomas Jefferson's food garden at Monticello.

Thomas Jefferson’s food garden at Monticello.

“If we had established it 100 years ago, every president could have left their mark. Now it has been started by Mrs. Obama and can be there for every Administration after the Obamas. It would be neat to see, 100 years from now, how the garden evolves,” he says.

The mission is to get people up, moving and gardening; but Dimitrov holds off giving us the list of what the White House Kitchen Garden is growing, saying we shouldn’t try to mimic what’s being grown there, since every region and state has different species and varieties that work best locally.


White House Garden, 2012. Planted: Mustard Greens, Dill seed, and five varieties of potatoes, including red Sangre, purple fingerlings from Peru called Purple Sion; Mountain Rose, Red Thumb and Canola Russet.

The point is that if our leaders set an example, the people will follow.

There is diabesity and obesity and “from a gardening point of view we would like to see people broaden their horizons by getting outdoors and growing plants.”

What’s exciting to grow? Dimitrov says that exotic fruits such as figs are becoming popular with Americans, as are jujubes and goji berries. There are lots of new fruit that are grown in tough climates around the world. These work well in the US as they are used to drought and do not require a lot of maintenance.


President Obama shows off the Kitchen Garden.

There are traditional vegetables that are high yield and low maintenance, such as cucumbers and melons. Urban farmers with little space should try their hands at vining plants such as peas, pole beans, and tomatoes.

Do garden Jujitsu

Dimitrov says: “It’s like garden Jujitsu. Use plans to fight the elements to your advantage. Use plants for shade if you are exposed to heat — there are excellent tomato species, such as ‘Heatwave II’.

Urban Farm School teaches you how to grow food in your city.

Urban Farm School teaches you how to grow food in your city.

“Morning Glory flowers provide plenty of shade, helping to cut down on energy bills. Even hyacinth bean; let them climb up, creating beauty to your porch, patio or roof, and an impact on your air conditioning use.”

Dimitrov says Burpee cultivates varieties of seeds that grow well in small spaces to give you great output with little requirements in terms of water and attention.

Want to know what to plant? “Bush bean, ‘Beananza’ in your balcony box, tomato, ‘Patio Princess’, cucumber, ‘Spacemaster’ or small okra, like ‘Baby Bubba’, may look tiny, but they can really bring a lot of food to the table,” Dimitrov adds.

Go to Burpee.com to cultivate your next meal and family project.

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Chefs’ dream garden grows in the middle of Manhattan at Farm.One http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/hydroponic-chef-garden-rare-herbs/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/hydroponic-chef-garden-rare-herbs/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:09:19 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=113017 rob-laing-farmone

Rob Laing, the founder and CEO of Farm.One.

Local, real food (#realfood) is more than a rage. It’s the new everything in food. After decades of eating shipped-in waxy veggies, greens and fruits, consumers and chefs are demanding a new kind of food. Vegetables and fruits that are local, and full of flavor. We want food with high oil and vitamin content that looks out of this world. Food that is pesticide-free.

The problem with these demands is checking all the boxes. How in the world do you grow local, fresh, tasty and diverse foods in cities like New York City where good food is more than in demand, it’s a way of life?

Going big by growing small


Farm.One a new urban farm startup located inside the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, has a bold new idea. Instead of going “big” as its predecessors have done, this vertical farming company has done the opposite by growing small.

Farm.One CEO and founder Rob Laing (pictured below, and very top) came from the startup world “merry-go-round”. After founding a successful VC-backed startup, he wanted to change gears. While taking chefs classes in LA Laing discovered on outings to the farmer’s markets that new flavors are transitory. No chef in the world can build a menu around a herb, spice, flower or microgreen that has a season of only 2 weeks: Laing’s idea? Build chefs dream gardens near their restaurants so unique, fresh food can be available year round.


How do they do it? With technology: Farm.One uses a special space age cultivation technique called hydroponics to grow unusual fresh herbs and plants indoors, using highly controlled processes to perfect flavors and indulge what their local chef customers desire. The company is working with a dozen local restaurants already on private orders, and offers home chefs a weekly herb and flower discovery box for only $15 a week.

Hydroponics means growing plants on water, with added nutrients and lighting. It’s also called controlled environment agriculture, greenhouse ag, or vertical or urban farming. There are lots of ways you can do it, with larger farms like Brightfarms, Gotham Greens, Farmed Here, and Aerofarms gaining notoriety for their plant factories that grow monocrops like lettuce or spinach.

Farm.One takes another angle: “we want to grow interesting crops, stuff you can’t get anywhere else –- for chefs,” Laing says.


He explains: “If you’re a farmer and you’ve got something good like a unique herb that you grow for 2 weeks of the year, you can’t share it with chefs because they build menus around special ingredients and recipe development. Sometimes chefs take months perfecting a texture and flavor.


Growing hydroponic garlic chive, mint, red-veined sorrel.

“New York has a crazy climate and then it’s hot. Its lack of local farmland and dense population means chefs end up buying basil from Israel, which is crazy. I decided that there could be an interesting niche. I don’t want to be the biggest and I don’t want to buy commodity crops.”

How does Farm.One work?

Like renting server space on a server farm: chefs work with Farm.One to determine what they want on the menu, and pay a set fee for regular deliveries, always within a hyper local 15-minute bike ride to their restaurant. Or direct orders can be placed via the website where 150 herbs, greens and flowers, some rare, can be grown to order.

Laing wants every chef in Manhattan to have a kitchen garden (like the White House!), but most “probably don’t have space or expertise on how to grow themselves. They can rent space with us and we will manage the garden for them,” he tells Green Prophet.

Yield and variety will be determined by the restaurant.


Chefs and partners visit the Manhattan farm, Farm.One

“Some chefs,” Laing notes, “want to have secrecy and I am happy to go down that route. We can keep it ninja for these chefs. We could grow something unique to them, in a particular size or in a particular flavor. And introduce new tastes to people, like wasabi arugula,” he points out.

If you want in on the new flavors, but are still an aspiring chef (at home) Farm.One also has a fresh herb subscription box which will provide you weekly flavors of pesticide-free herbs and greens –– among 150 varieties grown. All cycled to your Manhattan-based home.


While most of us don’t have a Manhattan zip code and can’t enjoy the benefits of Farm.One, we can be inspired and start growing our own at home. A trip to the local hydroponics shop for growing equipment and some heirloom seeds should satisfy some basic urges.

For more inspiration on what New York chefs want? Look to Farm.One’s catalog.

Laing’s top 7 pics of new herbs and plants for chefs to grow are:


1. Papalo – Central Mexican herb, used in sandwiches known as cemitas in central Mexico.



Bronze fennel on white background



2. Bronze fennel – At a young age has a sweetness to it. Not rubbery or chewy.



purple-ruffles-basil3. Purple Ruffles Basil  – Ruffled and jagged purple leaves, with a strong aroma of anise.




4.  Nepitella – a Tuscan herb which has disappeared from a lot of recipes. Has beautiful tiny pink flowers.



sheep-sorrel5. Sheep’s sorrel – Sour and intriguing herb, very hard to find






6. Minutina (Erba Stella) – Italian salad leaf, shaped like grass but succulent and crunchy.



pluto-basil7. Pluto Basil – small, highly-fragrant leaves, perfect for garnish



Check out subscription options at Farm.One

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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Oola’s modesty-wear for Muslims http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/climb-mount-kilimanjaro-with-oolas-modesty-wear-for-muslims-and-jews/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/climb-mount-kilimanjaro-with-oolas-modesty-wear-for-muslims-and-jews/#respond Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:48:37 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=113002 oola-head-covering

Amid news of France’s overturned ban of the full-body “burkini” swimsuit, Playboy and Women’s Running magazines featuring women in hijab for the first time the hijab is turning heads and making headlines. The hijab or face-covering for Muslim women needs to be comfortable and sport-relevant says Qatar-based founders of Oola Sportswear. They just launched an Indiegogo campaign that not only celebrates modest activewear such as comfortable head coverings and workout suites, but they bring much-needed athletic wear technology to the segment.


The Oola team launched a campaign Oola Sportswear: Activewear That’s Got You Covered on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo on Sunday morning (the start of the week in Qatar, where the team is based). With a goal of $15,000, the campaign offers elegant, functional, loose-fitting activewear and sports hijabs that finally make outdoor sports accessible to women who prefer coverage with their workout gear.


Most women’s sportswear is tight, short, low-cut, or designed in short-sleeved-only options. For women who value modesty out of personal values or religious practice — such as those of the Islamic, Orthodox Judaic, Coptic Christian, or other faiths — finding athletic wear that performs and comes in desired styles is a tiring hunt.

Good activewear, depending on the sport, is quick-drying, breathable, and/or water-repellent. Coming across attire that is made of suitable sports fabrics and enables a woman to stay covered fashionably in comfort is all too uncommon.

Experiencing this struggle themselves, Oola co-founders Haya Al Ghanim and Amina Ahmadi decided to design activewear that has all of the above. “While we were training for a Mount Kilimanjaro hike, we really wanted to train outside, but we were really struggling to find something to wear that was appropriate for training outdoors,” says co-founder Amina. “We knew at that point that we wanted to do something about it, but it was the experience of Kili itself that brought Oola to life. We made up our mind that we were going to go back home and do something about it.”

More about Oola Sportswear

Oola Sportswear is a modesty-inspired fashion brand that provides loose-fitting, contemporary activewear for women who prefer more coverage for outdoor activities. Our vision is to promote a healthy lifestyle by making outdoor sports accessible for our clients.


Oola believes that every woman possesses the strength to push boundaries, redefine limits, and overcome challenges. Equipped with the right tools, a woman can unlock her potential, achieving goals that may have seemed unreachable, enjoying experiences that seemed limited, and inspiring communities around them. Oola provides activewear that will enable women to push their fitness goals and challenge their limits. To plant a seed of empowerment is all it takes to lose one’s inhibitions. Oola is that seed.

Support Oola here!

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City mapping for refugees locked in a concrete jungle http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/city-mapping-for-refugees-locked-in-a-concrete-jungle/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/city-mapping-for-refugees-locked-in-a-concrete-jungle/#respond Sat, 08 Oct 2016 20:02:44 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112984 green-balloon-lebanon-2Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have been living in a concrete jungle for decades. Unlike the tents and temporary conditions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have put down roots. More than 400,000 refugees live in a labyrinth of concrete structures, built one on top of the other.

It’s a mess, but volunteers now plan on making some “green” sense out of the madness.

Claudia Martinez Mansell has launched Citizen science in a refugee camp on Kickstarter to collect funds to help her create maps of the Bourj Al Shamali refugee camp.

We’ve participated in balloon mapping projects in the West Bank. The notion goes like this: how can we save or better a situation or environment if we don’t know what’s there? A low-cost to build accurate maps is by sending weather balloons up above the city, with an always on camera taking photos from multiple directions. These images can later be sewn together to create a comprehensive map.

We take maps of our towns and cities for granted, and applications like Google Maps has made us more aware and curious about locations far away.

But such maps don’t provide the resolution needed to give answers like: where should we build an urban garden? A playground for children? Recycling centers? How is power and water distributed through the city, if at all?



Mansell, who’s been connected to the refugees for 2 decades reasons that when the citizens can make where they live, they can analyse, improve, green, and take charge of their environment.


The Kickstarter campaign is looking to raise $12,500 for:

1. The completion and production of the map of the camp, building on several months of self-funded balloon-mapping that have already been carried out.

2. Funding the remaining transportation costs associated with bringing a few mappers to speak about this project at events in the United States.




We like the idea, especially because we already see urban farms dotting the horizons of the refugee camps. Support the campaign here on Kickstarter. We did.

Read here about the bigger initiative.

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Algae returns as fuel for our future http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/algae-returns-as-fuel-for-our-future/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/10/algae-returns-as-fuel-for-our-future/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:12:23 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112978 arabs, jews, algae, Kibbutz Ein Shemer, Eco-Greenhouse, agriculture, biofuels, wastewater treatment, food, medicine

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have revealed how microalgae produce hydrogen, a clean fuel of the future, and suggest a possible mechanism to jumpstart mass production of this environmentally-friendly energy source. Their results have been published in back-to-back studies in Plant Physiology and Biotechnology for Biofuels.

The research was led by Dr. Iftach Yacoby, head of TAU’s renewable energy laboratory, and Rinat Semyatich, Haviva Eisenberg, Iddo Weiner and Oded Liran, his students at the School of Plant Sciences and Food Securityat TAU’s Faculty of Life Sciences.


Researchers in the past believed that algae only produce hydrogen in the course of a single microburst at dawn lasting just a few minutes. But Dr. Yacoby and his team used highly sensitive technology to discover that algaeproduce hydrogen from photosynthesis all day long. Armed with this discovery, the team harnessed genetic engineering to increase algae‘s production of this clean energy source 400 percent.

Increasing algae‘s output of hydrogen

Laboratory tests revealed that algae create hydrogen with the assistance of the enzyme hydrogenase, which breaks down when oxygen is present. The researchers discovered effective mechanisms to remove oxygen so hydrogenase can keep producing hydrogen.

“The discovery of the mechanisms makes it clear that algae have a huge underutilized potential for the production of hydrogen fuel,” said Dr. Yacoby. “The next question is how to beef up production for industrial purposes — to get the algae to overproduce the enzyme.”


Some 99% of the hydrogen produced in the US comes from natural gas. But the methods used to draw hydrogen from natural gas are toxic — and wasteful.

Answering the need for clean energy

“I grew up on a farm, dreaming of hydrogen,” said Dr. Yacoby. “Since the beginning of time, we have been using agriculture to make our own food. But when it comes to energy, we are still hunter-gatherers. Cultivating energy from agriculture is really the next revolution. There may be other ways to produce hydrogen, but this is the greenest and the only agricultural one.

“The world burns in just one year energy it took the earth over a million years to produce,” Dr. Yacoby continued. “We must stop being hunters and gatherers of energy. We must start producing clean energy — for our children and for our children’s children.”

Dr. Yacoby is now researching synthetic enzymes capable of increasing hydrogen production from microalgae to industrial levels.

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The Silicon Valley for agriculture to be built in Denmark http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/new-agro-food-park-for-denmark-to-change-the-core-of-a-broken-system/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/new-agro-food-park-for-denmark-to-change-the-core-of-a-broken-system/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:38:13 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112813 denmark-food-park

We all need better food in our lives.

Now Denmark is putting its stake in the ground and ploughing ahead with new ideas. It’s working with leading architects and is making investments in a making huge investments in a balanced whole-systems and ecological approach to growing our food.


William McDonough + Partners, GXN, 3XN Architects, BCVA and Urland have put together the master plan the Agro Food Park (AFP), which is built on an existing hub of agricultural innovation center. The firms designed a connection between research and business and urban agriculture to the needs of food of tomorrow can be me without further degrading our planet.


The original food park opened in 2009 and is owned and run by The Danish Agriculture & Food Council. William McDonough + Partners said it is expected to “create synergies among the many existing tenants while building an ecosystem inviting new entities to further strengthen products and expertise developed within the hub.”

Related: Creating a food and expert network for urban farmers


“Embracing Agro-Urban Ecosystem Design, the AFP treats urban and agricultural development together as a unified, productive and restorative ecosystem,” said William McDonough + Partners.


“By integrating the carbon cycle and other ecological processes into large scale urban systems and their surroundings – buildings and energy flows, water cycles and wastewater treatment, land use and food production – the AFP creates economic value within the urban and agricultural infrastructure.”

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Meet the Mad Men for urban and small-scale farmers http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/meet-the-mad-men-for-urban-and-small-scale-farmers/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/meet-the-mad-men-for-urban-and-small-scale-farmers/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:49:07 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112809 Farmed Here special hydroponic growing project

Have a special farm, growing hyper-nutritious food? Nick Burton, Founder of the State of the Soil agency helps small business farmers craft the messaging and media to sell what’s grown at a profit.

Urban farming. High-tech farming. Modern farming, or maybe it’s traditional farming? However you call it, farming in the US is shifting against the tide of large-scale monoculture, chemical company-controlled mega farming, where farmers measure success by operating at smaller loss than the year before. The farming industry is on the verge of collapse. Oil prices are dropping, seedstock prices are quadrupling and with mega billion dollar mergers like Bayer and Monsanto looming, US farmers fear the absolute worse is yet to come.

We know the world feels what happens to the US: the current breadbasket to the world in many staples such as corn and wheat.

Thousands of new farmers in the United States are revolting against the system in their own gentle way, by farming with dignity and doing things differently than factory farming. They are creating small business farms in all shapes and sizes from hydroponic greenhouse farms to one acre organic specialty crops farms.

The problem for these farmers isn’t growing. They learn what to do, they love it, and they grow successfully. Their problem, says Nick Burton, in the green business for 20 years and a hydroponic farmer for 3, is now building a media and branding services to modern farmers –– because most do not know how to market and brand themselves.

Burton (pictured below) started a new business growing hyper-local greens for Texans and has nailed the packaging, email lists, and is growing a booming business out of Paris, Texas called the Victory Lunch Club. Burton’s company supplies artisanal salads to your office desk.


Burton gets behind your urban farm or smallhold farm brand, and tells your story to your market

He found marketing and media was his calling, his purpose for changing the world and has since created a new business, State of the Soil. It is intended for growers and farmers of all stripes, using any medium and system for farming. State of the Soil is like your Mad Men advertising agency if you are a small or medium sized farm business holder.

As the company builds out, it will be building conferences and events, starting with an online speakers event this coming January – register here.

The company will support community growers through social media, it will create events, and will provide educational resources to the people who have started farming and want to learn more.

Services will be affordable and not multiples of thousands of dollars, which the conventional ag industry has normally changed for its events and services, so no one but managers of chemical companies and financiers could afford to attend.

Burton is putting farming back into the hands of men and women. If you are keen on joining the urban farming movement, get your message and story right for the farmer’s market. Burton will show how it’s done –  sign up here.

Meet Nick at NYC AgTech week happening next week September 19 to 24. 

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World deforestation: we’re losing a forest the size of NYC every 2 days! http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/world-deforestation-were-losing-a-forest-the-size-of-nyc-every-2-days/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/world-deforestation-were-losing-a-forest-the-size-of-nyc-every-2-days/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:13:00 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112806 unsustainable development, Turkey, Taksim Square,

This is an issue of global concern. Climate change, urbanization, and resource depletion (more mouths to feed, burn wood in stoves for, graze more cattle for) is still happening at a fast an alarming clip, influencing our planet’s ability to store CO2 emissions, and protect diversity. We hate scare tactics, but put it into scale and see how much we are losing compared to reference points you can understand.


Via eCO2 Greetings

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Sustainable technology trends in sun, wind and air http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/sustainable-technology-trends-in-sun-wind-and-air/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/sustainable-technology-trends-in-sun-wind-and-air/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 05:57:59 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112799 World's largest solar farm

Technology is a driving force of innovation. Everything we build, adapt and refine, generally has the express purpose of making our lives on this planet easier. Whether it’s transportation, growing food, or the sending and receiving of information, technology exists to solve a problem or streamline a process. Nevertheless, the environmental cost of this technology is vast. For example, the average carbon footprint for the manufacture and use of an iPhone is between 55kg and 75kg depending on the model.

However, emerging technologies are reducing environmental pressures across the board. This is in part to large companies taking a positive stance on sustainability. For example, Nike has stepped up to the plate to show others that recycling on a large scale is possible with its Reuse-A-Shoe program. Web hosting companies such as 1&1 made known their own green efforts, demonstrating how their data centers are some of the most energy efficient worldwide, preventing upwards of 30,000 tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere every year. Even in the banking sector, financial organizations are doing their share, as The World Bank has earmarked $16 billion to mitigate climate change in 2016 alone.

But a lot of credit is also due to ingenious inventions by lesser-known start-ups and inventors. These technologies operate with the intention of reducing carbon output, producing clean energy and depolluting water source; in essence, to mitigate the damage our current technological advances have caused.

Bladeless wind turbenergy-bladeless-wind-towerines

Wind turbines have been a staple of renewable energy for a while. However, for all the good they do, they are large, incredibly noisy, and not particularly friendly to bird populations. Vortex Bladeless is one company working on a turbine that leaves behind the cumbersome blades of conventional turbines. Instead, their models will harness power via the vibrations caused by wind. Two bladeless models exist for domestic and industrial use, and the carbon footprint is 40% less than traditional turbines.

Air filtration towers


Cities such as Delhi and Beijing suffer from very poor air quality. Daan Roosegaarde and Bob Ursem recognized this and designed a seven-meter tall filtration tower, which sucks in polluted air and expels it smog-free. Currently situated in Rotterdam, the tower is able to clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour.

Solar roofing


Solar panels are nothing new, but tech mogul Elon Musk is taking it one step further. His solar energy company, SolarCity, proposes not just installing solar panels onto roofs to power homes, but instead to make the roofs themselves out of solar panels. As Musk himself says, “It’s a solar roof as opposed to a module on a roof.” This technology, combined with the Tesla Powerwall – proprietary technology from one of Musk’s other endeavors – will effectively allow homes to exist off the power grid, and generate completely clean energy.

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Jordan gets its first craft brewery, causing ire among Muslim clerics http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/jordan-gets-its-first-craft-brewery-causing-ire-among-religious-clerics/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2016/09/jordan-gets-its-first-craft-brewery-causing-ire-among-religious-clerics/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 05:22:14 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=112790 carakale-craft-beer-amman-jordan

If you’ve ever visited a Middle Eastern country, one noticeable difference to Europe is restriction on alcohol. Muslims are not allowed to drink according to scripture (read why Muslims don’t drink here) so depending on the ruling government, access to alcohol may be restricted to your local hotel or nearby speakeasies (big in Iran) or it may be available widely, like in Turkey.

Some Middle East Muslims do choose to drink alcohol, with brewing traditions that span back to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian times (try our recipe for Tej, Ethiopian honey beer), and not all of the Middle East is Muslim. And read about this 5000 year old microbrewery found in the Holy Land.

Yazan Karadesh, a local Arab Christian from Amman, for instance has started brewing Jordan’s first craft brewery, hoping to compete in the $22 billion US craft beer market. He went through a difficult experience getting the permit and the land on which to brew (according to this article in Haaretz). He eventually found Christian-owned land in a Christian suburb called Fuheis.


Karadesh’s brand brewed in Amman is called Carakale Brewery. It is infused with Middle Eastern flavors, unique to the region, he says.

Taybeh beer from the West Bank, Israel is one of the more notable beers from the region. There is also Shepherd’s and Wise Men’s Choice.


Pouring some of Palestine’s finest beer, Taybeh.

But Jordan’s Yazan Karadesh wants his own in Amman: “Alcohol might be taboo but you can find alcohol and buy alcohol easily in the market,” he says.

Craft beer is a good alternative to cracking the monopoly that beer makers such as Carlsberg and Heineken own in the Middle East region.

Dancing Camel brewery with 2 locations in Tel Aviv is cracking through the monopoly in its own way. It already infuses its beers with local flavors such as pomegranate. It was Israel’s first craft brewery and by many standards has influenced a whole culture of craft beer making in the entire region.

This movement of craft beer making joins the local DIY movement in the Middle East. Trends such as urban farming (hydroponics), craft making and returning to a simpler lifestyle is taking root.


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