Tafline Laylin – 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 Tafline Laylin – Green Prophet http://www.greenprophet.com 32 32 7 agricultural technologies that will save the Middle East http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/12/7-agricultural-solutions-middle-east/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2015/12/7-agricultural-solutions-middle-east/#comments Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:46:41 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=61395 Jordan-hydroponics-eco-consult-a


From vertical farming to rooftop gardening, here are 7 of the best agricultural companies and projects put in practice in the Middle East.

There’s no getting around it: the world is becoming a much less secure place in which to live. Economies are tanking, geo-political systems are in turmoil, weather events such as wintertime drought are becoming more frequent and serious, and already dangerous planetary warming is being exacerbated by phenomenon such as giant plumes of gurgling methane discovered in the great white north.

All of these factors have an impact on the ability of ordinary people to find healthy food at decent prices.

So we have gathered a few big ideas that are being harnessed in the Middle East region to address these challenges and increase our resilience amidst one of the most uncertain times that humanity has faced.

Read on for the not-to-miss list.

1. Eddy 

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Eddy (see website here) is a low-cost device packed with powerful sensors that makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to access the benefits of hyper-local food. It is built with artificial intelligence to listen to plants and understand exactly what they need when they are growing in your spare bedroom or rooftop garden or farm. Pick up Eddy, add it to your garden, add seed types, nutrient types, connect with people nearby and Eddy will guide you through to perfection.

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The company is in the hot area of urban agriculture and like Aerofarms (#2 on our list) Eddy can be used in any sized hydroponic garden or vertical farm. It sits in the water reservoir, and by connecting you to community and data, you are able to grow any kind of food in the world. Using hydroponics. The company is offering a 50% discount to the first 1000 people who sign up to order the product when it ships in the coming months. Sign up here to secure your product and discount. Hydroponics is great for the Middle East, as it’s up to 90% water efficient.

2. AeroFarms Vertical Farming

agriculture, middle east food shortages, groassis, aerofarms, liveinslums, water shortages, farming, soilless farming, vertical farmingGreen Prophet writer Susan Kraemer wrote that AeroFarms could herald one of the most important developments in food harvesting since humans switched from hunting and gathering to farming. Based in New Jersey, Aeroponics using a method of hydroponics to grow hyper-local food.

These clever stacked farms that can be used virtually anywhere – including inside buildings in the heart of any city – use aeroponic farming technology instead of soil and sunshine to grow food. Saudi Arabia has already embraced the technology that specifically addresses estimates that 80% of the world’s burgeoning population will be living in cities by 2050.

Since this company has come online, a hot new food tech startup flux, has taken hydroponics one step further, by adding a layer of artificial intelligence to understand the language of plants.

3. Yemenite Rainwater Harvesting

agriculture, middle east food shortages, groassis, aerofarms, liveinslums, water shortages, farming, soilless farming, vertical farmingIt’s not tech by today’s standards, but it’s traditional innovation. Food grows where water flows, so harvesting rainwater in nearly dry cities such as Sana’a in Yemen is absolutely pivotal to any kind of agricultural success.

Which is why Sabrina Faber’s award-winning rainwater capture system is so clever. Adding to its ingenuity is its sheer simplicity: the rainwater harvesting system will be incorporated into rooftops and is modelled after traditional capture designs Faber has seen out in Yemen’s countryside.

4. Gaza’s Green Roofs of Herbs and Vegetables

agriculture, middle east food shortages, groassis, aerofarms, liveinslums, water shortages, farming, soilless farming, vertical farming“They” say that necessity is the mother of invention, and this is turning out to be particularly true when it comes to food. Many residents in Gaza have experienced have embraced one of the largest growing urban agricultural solutions. They are building their own hydroponics solutions.

Having no land and stunted access to to food, many people in this politically-charged strip of land are growing cabbage, eggplants, and endochriyya [a plant used for making soup] in the winter, as well as chili, garlic, and onions in summer, and they are doing all of this on their flat rooftops that receive plenty of sunlight. Several rooftop farming initiatives have popped up in Cairo and Beirut as well.

5. Liveinslums Microgardens in Cairo

agriculture, middle east food shortages, groassis, aerofarms, liveinslums, water shortages, farming, soilless farming, vertical farmingA Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Liveinslums has worked with local architects and designers to help residents in Cairo’s neglected City of the Dead grow microjardins – mini, soilless, and transportable subsistence gardens that also fertilize the sand.

In addition to being incredibly portable, the microjardins are easy to construct.

Liveinslums provide seeds, turf and perlite, which act as a substitute to soil, vitamin solutions that are added to water, and plastic, wood, and other recycled materials out of which these mini gardens are made. Initiatives like this demonstrate that with the right amount of tender loving care, food can be grown anywhere!

6. Feeding Abu Dhabi With Water From Air

agriculture, middle east food shortages, groassis, aerofarms, liveinslums, water shortages, farming, soilless farming, vertical farmingDespite having some of the world’s most largest and grandest desalination plants, the Gulf countries are quite possibly the most vulnerable when it comes to water, and they are rising to the challenge with some of the most sophisticated water capture innovations.

With an average humidity level of 61% , the Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Center (FSC) has spearheaded G-earth  – a technology that extracts condensation from the air to provide water for Abu Dhabi greenhouses.

7. SEKEM – Egyptian Organic Farm

agriculture, middle east food shortages, groassis, aerofarms, liveinslums, water shortages, farming, soilless farming, vertical farmingOrganic farming may not be new, but Egypt’s largest is so successful that we can’t ignore its potential to not only save people from food shortages, but also to restore the country’s soil to sustainable levels.

Established by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish in 1977, SEKEM is an organic farming community that integrates social, economic and environmental development just outside Cairo. Run by Dr. Abouleish’s son Helmy, this incredible enterprise that champions the best in sustainable farming techniques has grown from 70 hectares to several thousand!

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10-year-old Emirati wunderkid already has 7 patents to his name http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/10-year-old-emirati-wunderkid-already-has-7-patents-to-his-name/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/10-year-old-emirati-wunderkid-already-has-7-patents-to-his-name/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:10:45 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106307 10-year-old, wunderkind, emirati kid, adeeb al-blooshi, 10-year-old inventor, Dubai, crown prince of dubai, boy with seven patents, science, clean tech

There seems to be a tremendous struggle happening in the Middle East – a fight between the good guys, like this 10-year-old Emirati wunderkid, and psychotic fundamentalists (along with a host of other corrupt elements.) The good maybe overwhelmed by the very worst bad guys there could be. And then there is the boy who already has seven scientific patents to his name.

Before I go any further, I want to point out that I came across this story over at The National, an Emirati publication. Major shoutout to Ben Flanagan, who should be in the running for a Pulitzer with this story! He really captures the essence of a boy who is just a boy, and yet he has accomplished the feats of a grown man.

It felt like Flanagan was looking for evidence that young Adeeb Al Blooshi had missed out on his childhood, but came away with the most subtle yet complex unveiling of a young person with the wisdom and knowledge of a sage – for example, the “inventor,” as Flanagan calls him, recognizes somehow that he has to separate his accomplishments from his friendships with peers his own age.

“I don’t really like to combine the inventions with my personal life. [My school friends do] ask me, and when they do I answer them,” he told The National. “But then again, we’re all busy playing football.”

Al Blooshi is an inventor, and the recipient of 100 awards and certifications. Did I mention that he is just 10 years old? Or that he is currently on a tour of seven countries under the patronage and watchful eye of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed – the Crown Prince of Dubai?

“The young scientist is on a world tour to help him build on his previous inventions, which include a prosthetic limb for his father and a housework robot for his mother,” writes Flanagan.

“Because of his work he was named by CNN as among the world’s most impressive young medical pioneers.”

For more about his work and tour, and the chance to read one of the most enjoyable pieces of journalism I’ve encountered in a long while, please head over to The National.

Lead image via Naija

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Jewelry that turns human veins into power source http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/crazy-invasive-jewelry-harvests-energy-from-the-human-body/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/crazy-invasive-jewelry-harvests-energy-from-the-human-body/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:52:51 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106295 naomi-kizhner-energy-addicts

Talk about being self-sufficient, but totally weird! Israeli student designer Naomi Kizhner has designed a collection of jewelry that harvests energy from veins in the human body. The project highlights in a beautiful and artful way how humanity is addicted to energy consumption.

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It may be a thought experiment more than anything, but these jewels provoke a fascinating discussion about the ends to which humans will go in order to get the next hit of energy.

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Appropriately called Energy Addicts, the project explores the numerous sources of energy the human body produces and then seeks to exploit them. Made of gold and a 3D-printed biopolymer, each jewel taps a particular involuntary physiological response.

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“It interested me to imagine what would the world be like once it has experienced a steep decline in energy resources and how we will feed our energy addiction,” Kizhner told an online source.

“There are lots of developments of renewable energy resources, but the human body is a natural resource for energy that is constantly renewed, as long as we are alive.”

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Related: Ecco Ukka Weaves Love, Magic and Recycled Materials into Fabric Jewelry

For example, stems on either end of the Blood Bridge are inserted into veins on the lower arm, and blood spins the wheels to produce energy – much like hydroelectricity.

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The E-pulse Conductor is slightly less invasive – it harvests electrical pulses produced by the neurological system in the wearer’s spine. But the Blinker is kind of creepy. This piece of jewelry is mounted to the wearer’s nose and eyelids to harvest kinetic energy every time the eyes blink.

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Kizhner designed this series as part of her graduation project in industrial design for Hadassah College in Jerusalem. More than an intention to create items that actually harvest energy, the project is supposed to open our eyes to consumption and our dependence on it.

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Judging by her early project, this talented young designer is going places!

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Dare to ride your bike in solidarity with Afghan women? http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/dare-to-ride-your-bike-in-solidarity-with-afghan-women/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/dare-to-ride-your-bike-in-solidarity-with-afghan-women/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:20:19 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106283 Afghan Cycles, Global Solidarity Ride, Shannon Galpin, afghan girls, cycling in the Middle East, Middle East bicycles, Mountain2Mountain, afghan national women's cycling team

Are you allowed to ride a bicycle? For Afghan girls and women, that’s a no. If they dare, people may throw rocks at them or call them unspeakable names. The Global Ride for Solidarity coming up this weekend is designed to catalyze a new cultural paradigm in the country, one that finds riding a bicycle in Afghanistan as normal as walking.

American National Geographic Adventurer and Afghan Cycles Producer Shannon Galpin has spent the last seven years working in Afghanistan, driven it seems by a powerful conviction that bicycles can be used as a conduit for social change and justice – particularly for young girls and women.

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She founded the non-profit Mountain2Mountain to provide tools that help women ride their bicycles freely, and is now working really hard to help ensure that athletes can train and compete in a safe environment both at home and abroad.

This includes working with local officials and elders to alter their perspective of the bicycle’s role and worth in a community, and involving them in a movement to normalize female cycling so that it is no longer considered an egregious social taboo.

Related: Wadjda – a Saudi girl and her green bicycle
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Shannon Galpin wants to turn the bicycle into a catalyst of freedom. And she appears to be going through smart and respectful channels in order to make that happen.

“A recent Human Rights Watch study states that Afghans perceive women’s cycling as a step above morality crimes like adultery,” she writes on her website. But you can help slay that myth.

On August 30, 2014, get on a bike, ask someone to take a photo or stage a selfie, and post it on all your social media sites – such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to show that you support women and cycling – everywhere in the world. And for maximum effect and fun, be sure to use these hashtags: #pedalarevolution #afghancycles #solidarityride2014.

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Whether you join a ride or create your own, there are numerous ways to show your solidarity with the Afghan women who know the thrill of riding through epic mountains, who have tasted the blessed freedom that comes with being a powerhouse on a bike.

You might also want to catch Afghan Cycles, a feature length documentary that explores what life is like for members of the Afghan Women’s National Cycling team. A Let Media production directed by Sarah Menzies, the documentary incorporates storytelling and striking footage in often inhospitable and dangerous territory. This project could also use your support.

Visit Solidarity Ride on Facebook for more information.

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Colonel microbrewery built with recycled materials opens in Lebanon http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/colonel-microbrewery-built-with-recycled-materials-opens-in-lebanon/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/colonel-microbrewery-built-with-recycled-materials-opens-in-lebanon/#respond Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:29:57 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106266 microbrewery, recycled materials, plastic bricks, eco-bricks, batroun, colonel beer, green design, sustainable design

While many Muslims don’t drink alcohol, the people of Batroun, Lebanon love their beer. At least according to Jamil al-Haddad, the visionary behind Colonel beer and a new microbrewery built out of recycled materials.

Jamil has been brewing beer for a very long time, and took several classes abroad in order to hone his craft.

“I was 17 when I started to make liqueur at home, Irish cream, banana, strawberry. I started in order to make a bit more money so I could buy myself windsurf boards,” he told Lebanon’s Daily Star. “I began while I was in the boy scouts, and then I made it at home.”

In addition to brewing a fine micro beer called Colonel, the 30-year-old entrepreneur commissioned Cedar Environmental to help make the building in which this alchemy takes place a powerful showcase of renewable materials and clean energy – a very ambitious move for the coastal business.

Related: Why Muslims Don’t Drink Alcohol

The brewery’s walls are clad in recycled wooden crates and the wall panels designed by engineer Ziad Abichaker are comprised of bricks made of melted down recycled plastic. The brewery has used up the equivalent of two million plastic bags, according to Your Middle East.

Other recycled materials have been incorporated into the project, which eventually will include a restaurant, bar and other facilities that Jamil has up his sleeve.

“This will be an outdoor area for barbecues, beer festivals and other cool summer events,” he explains to Daily Star, and a spot near the sea has been designated for small bungalows.

The idea is to create a welcoming and an educational space for visitors, who will be able to take tours of the brewery before or after eating a wholesome lunch.

:: Daily Star

Image via Your Middle East

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Blowing Horn harvests wind energy with a multi-rotor turbine http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/blowing-horn-harvests-wind-energy-with-a-multi-rotor-turbine/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/blowing-horn-harvests-wind-energy-with-a-multi-rotor-turbine/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:33:06 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106252 Blowing Horn, Hooman Tahvilder Akbary, Iran, wind energy, renewable energy, energy as art, green design, clean tech, Copenhagen, multi-rotor turbine,

Are you tired of seeing the same old giant wind turbines in a field or offshore? And do you worry about their impact on migrating birds? Hooman Tahvildar Akbary from Iran has a solution that is both super efficient and beautiful.

Designed for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition, a site specific art and energy competition for Copenhagen, Blowing Horn references the horns people used to use to communicate to one another over great distances (to me, a hard of hearing person, it looks like the horns we used to use to hear.)

Except this particular horn comes with an interesting twist.

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Related: The Shard architect designs lightweight dragonfly wind turbine

“By reducing the cone diameter from the mouth,” writes the design team, “the speed of the wind increases towards the narrower end of the horn—an application of the compact acceleration turbine lens that makes use of the venture effect.”

The inside of the giant horn ‘monument’ contains a multi-rotor turbine that uses just one drive shaft. Designed by Doug Selsam, this technology allows for additional energy generation. While the horn captures the energy, the large base upon which it rests serves a separate function, the designers explain.

“The ship form at the base of monument is designed to act as a channel, which leads wind through a Windbelt™ array on the deck and the outer shell of this new golden horn for environmental energy production.

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True to the competition guidelines, this energy generator doubles as a stellar example of public art that not only engages the public, but also generates energy.

The Land Art Generator Initiative got its start in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2010, and awards for the third biannual competition will be presented in Copenhagen in October, 2014 by Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action.

Stay tuned!

:: LAGI

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Segway-like device allows quadriplegics to ‘walk’ upright again http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/segway-like-device-allows-quadriplegics-to-walk-upright-again/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/segway-like-device-allows-quadriplegics-to-walk-upright-again/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:28:35 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106242 UPnRIDE, Dr. Amit Goffer, standing wheelchair, segway, quadriplegics walk again, social design, humanitarian design, design for health, design saves lives, clean tech, Israel

Sometimes, design really does change lives. Dr. Amit Goffer previously designed ReWalk, a device that gives paraplegics paralyzed from the waste down mobility again. But 90 percent of handicapped people are unable to use it. In order to give quadriplegics a similar new lease on life, the Israeli designer made a few modifications with UPnRIDE.

“I have the benefit of being confined to a wheelchair so I tried to create the ultimate solution for the handicapped as I see it,” Dr. Goffer, who is working with RehaMed Technologies CEO Oren Tamari on the new product, told NoCamels.

“The person on the outside will see it as a Segway and not a wheelchair. For the younger generation of handicapped individuals, this is especially important.”

Related: Tel Aviv municipal workers busted for fake handicap sign

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The upright wheelchair incorporates new balancing technology that allows even quadriplegics, who have no control over their bodies, to traverse a wide range of terrain with confidence. Imagine that – someone confined to a wheelchair now has the same kind of mobility that able-bodied people enjoy.

UPnRide allows users to maintain their center of gravity – whether they are sitting or standing, and a stabilized platform ensures vertical balance. If the user does fall at all, safety arms will immediately grab them and place them back in the mobile device very similar to a Segway.

While the design is a couple of years from market, Dr. Goffer expects a completed prototype of the pending patent within the next few months. And if it’s anything like the ReWalk, which just received U.S. FDA approval for home use, it’s bound to be a huge hit.

:: ReWalk

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OAXIS: solar-powered hydroponic food belt proposed for the Arabian Peninsula http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/oaxis-solar-powered-hydroponic-food-belt-proposed-for-the-arabian-peninsula/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/oaxis-solar-powered-hydroponic-food-belt-proposed-for-the-arabian-peninsula/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:14:15 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106231 Linear hydroponic farm, Arabian Peninsula, Forward Thinking Architecture, hydroponics, solar power, renewable energy, desert agriculture, food belt, food security, carbon emissions, food miles

Most Gulf countries import up to 90 percent of their food, which neither bodes well for food security no climate change – since the food that is brought in from Europe and elsewhere has a lot of what are called “food miles.” True to their name, Forward Thinking Architecture proposes a solar-powered hydroponic food belt as a solution.

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Acknowledging that they are not designing anything new – because there are already several projects throughout the Arabian peninsula that utilize the sun and hydroponics to deliver food in the desert. One project that comes to mind is the Sahara Forest Project which has received a great deal of international press.

The OAXIS system aims to fuse existing technology in a modular, linear arrangement. The growing medium will consist of prefabricated and recycled steel structures equipped with super efficient irrigation technology that uses roughly 80 percent less water than most farms require. Rooftop solar panels provide energy not only for the architecture itself, but also to power artificial LED lighting that will help promote greater crop growth.

Related: Qatar’s Sahara Forest Project Produces Cucumbers with Saltwater

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In order to transport these crops directly to cities throughout the peninsula, the design team proposes an underground transportation network that would also be powered by solar energy. In this way, the system is completely self-sufficient, and hardly contributes at all to harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“…our objective is not to compete with nature and its amazing processes or with an existing oasis such as Al-Hasa, the design team says in their brief. “What we propose is a safe and controlled hydroponic facility based on a modular linear pattern, a city new ‘green axis.’

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“It will produce solar energy to become self-sufficient and capable of running an underground transportation system that deliver the crops directly to the cities, shortening long distance food transportation (imports) and therefore reducing CO2 emissions.”

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We particularly love the use of recycled steel, which has a very high embodied energy footprint, as well as the ubiquitous use of renewable energy. And the crops will grow year-round and could include strawberries, tomatoes, rocket, potatoes, thyme, lettuce, bell peppers, basil and more.

It’s an impressive design, and it could work!

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Farmer swears his billygoat produces milk http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/farmer-swears-his-billygoat-produces-milk/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/farmer-swears-his-billygoat-produces-milk/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:44:12 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106219 billy goat, goat farmer, al ain, dubai, united arab emirates, goat milk, billy goat milk, hermaphrodite, A farmer in Al Ain, the very green, flowery emirate bordering Dubai, claims that after three years of impregnating legions of nannies on his farm, his billy goat suddenly sprouted udders. And then produced milk.

Mr. Nasser Al Alwi paid about $820 for his billy goat at a livestock show in the United Arab Emirates. It has since been used to breed, and has not disappointed his proud owner, who says he wouldn’t sell this goat for 10 times as much as he is worth.

There did not appear to have been any warning that the billy goat would essentially become a hermaphrodite. In addition to retaining his reproductive organs, “or the parts that make him male,” says Al Alwi, he also started to produce ‘milk’ from two new udders.

Related: Raising goats humanely in outback Israel

Although he is confident that his billy goat is producing delicious milk, Mr. Al Alwi has chosen a cautious path and sent the milk for laboratory testing to ensure there’s nothing too freaky about it – before he considers allowing others to have a taste.

“We are waiting for the lab test results to make sure the milk is of good quality and fit for human consumption and whether it could be used for medicinal purposes,” he told The National.

Mr. Alwi may be hoping that he has found his miracle meal ticket, his path to unlimited wealth and freedom – a hermaphrodite who makes powerful babies and then feeds them, but men and women of science might have burst his bubble.

“He is producing something else – but it is not milk,” Veterinarian Dr Ulrich Wernery told The National. “It is impossible, absolutely impossible. Because it is a male that is why. There are female organs and then there are male organs.”

“From my opinion it is ridiculous.”

Read the rest of the story, which becomes even more bizarre, over at The National.

Stock image of billy goat | Shutterstock

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Walk with fish on the Turkish Riviera http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/walk-with-fish-on-the-turkish-riviera/ http://www.greenprophet.com/2014/08/walk-with-fish-on-the-turkish-riviera/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:34:06 +0000 http://www.greenprophet.com/?p=106191 Antalya Aquarium, Bahadir Kul Architects, Turkey, Turkish Riviera, design, daylighting, Mediterranean Sea, scuba diving, marine life, Turkey, Ket Kolektif

Not everyone who visits Antalya wants to go scuba diving to see the extraordinary Mediterranean marine life, but now they can still catch a glimpse of what lives under the sea’s surface thanks to a beautiful new aquarium on the Turkish Riviera.

Okyanus Aquarium Company commissioned Turkey’s Bahadir Kul Architects to design a 12,000 square meter aquarium with state of the art facilities. And it appears that they picked the right team.

A beautiful undulating facade mimics the fluidity of shifting water and a large cantilever provides a buffer zone between the outdoor area leading to the aquarium and the interior environment. This space also gives visitors a chance to escape from the harsh sun.

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The ground floor hosts a visitor information area, an amphitheater, and a food court where guests can purchase refreshments either before or after touring the massive aquarium.

Related: Lebanon’s Mediterranean Apocalypse – Scuba Diving in Waters Devoid of Life

From there a ramp leads to the main exhibition area which eventually ends with a 131-meter-long tunnel that creates a simulated underwater environment, as though the guest were actually gliding through the crystal clear water along with sharks and fish and other marine creatures.

Antalya Aquarium, Bahadir Kul Architects, Turkey, Turkish Riviera, design, daylighting, Mediterranean Sea, scuba diving, marine life, Turkey

Fish-shaped cutouts throughout the facade bring plenty of natural light into the building, which helps to offset the amount of energy required to keep it illuminated. Still, it is a mammoth development, and the absence of any kind of renewable energy sources seems somewhat irresponsible, particularly since Turkey is known to have power outages in the summer.

And some critics will argue that aquariums are an anathema to nature, and there’s definitely some truth to that. But in order to inspire awe – particularly in young children – so that people feel compelled to care for their natural resources, they must first be exposed.

Antalya Aquarium, Bahadir Kul Architects, Turkey, Turkish Riviera, design, daylighting, Mediterranean Sea, scuba diving, marine life, Turkey

For some people who visit the world’s third most visited city, the aquarium will be their only contact with the great underwater world.

:: Designboom

Lead image via Ket Kolektif, others via the architects

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