Organic Farming Boom in Palestine

Organic Farming Boom in Palestine

A back-to-the-land movement is blossoming in the Palestinian Authority, the United Nation’s newest nonmember observer state. “The Palestinian future is in the land.” Farmer Khader Khader said, standing in his organic olive grove in the northern West Bank village of Nus Jubail. Many Palestinian farmers are switching to organic farming methods, and selling their oil to[.....]

An Organic Farm Springs Up in Sinai

An Organic Farm Springs Up in Sinai

The Wadi Marawan Organic Farm is a new project by the ‘Best Friends Safari’ that guides tour groups in Egypt Located at the terraces of Panorama Mountain Camp, the Wadi Marawan Organic Farm is a veritable paradise in the middle of the Sinai Peninsula. Over 4,000 sq. metres of land is planted with vegetables and[.....]

Egypt’s Taziry Ecolodge and the Golden Age

Egypt’s Taziry Ecolodge and the Golden Age

The golden age is undergoing a quiet revival at the edge of Egypt’s western desert thanks to the Taziry eco-lodge. So much more than just a holiday destination, this peaceful resort located roughly 752 km west of Cairo at the footstep of Siwa’s Red Mountain (Adrar Azugagh) runs a camel and Arabian horse-breeding program as[.....]

Locavore, Shmocavore – Just Call Me an Ecotarian

Locavore, Shmocavore – Just Call Me an Ecotarian

Is the eco-friendly food movement getting even more complicated, or are ecotarians simplifying matters? The green movement is riddled with a lot of food ideologies.  When it comes to food, there are a lot of environmental issues to consider: locavores protest the pollution stemming from the transport of food from far away, vegetarians (and vegawarians)[.....]

Invitation for a Permaculture Tour in Israel

Invitation for a Permaculture Tour in Israel

See how permaculture is spreading across Israel during an international tour at the end of September. Permaculture, or the sustainable use of land and agriculture, has thankfully been spreading across the Middle East in recent years.  Permaculture farms have sprouted seeds in Palestine, grassroots permaculture initiatives have popped up in urban settings such as Jerusalem,[.....]

Jordan’s Tribes Criticize Enviro Queen Rania

Queen Rania is the latest Middle Eastern elite to receive criticism from dissenting citizens. Like their Yemeni compatriots currently marching towards the presidential palace in Samaa, taking their cue and courage from jubilant Egyptians, thirty-six tribal leaders submitted a collective criticism of Jordan’s Queen Rania, according to an AFP report. Of Palestinian origin and born[.....]

Canaan Fair Trade Creates Sustainable Community of Palestinian Farmers

Canaan Fair Trade Creates Sustainable Community of Palestinian Farmers

Bigger isn’t always better.  Canaan Fair Trade helps small-scale Palestinian farmers survive and thrive. With the modernization of agriculture, farming has become an industry instead of a small-scale, community effort.  All over the world, small-scale farmers who have retained traditional (and many times organic) methods of agriculture have been pushed out by larger, industrial farms. [.....]

Gaza’s Green Roofs of Herbs and Vegetables

Gaza’s Green Roofs of Herbs and Vegetables

In over-crowded Gaza, the locals have taken to growing crops on their flat roofs As the most densely populated area in the entire world, the Gaza Strip is understandably short of space. People live in overcrowded concrete homes separated by narrow alleyways and agricultural land is in short supply considering there is a need for[.....]

"Orbanic" Weekly Organic Farmer's Market to Begin This Friday at Tel Aviv's Historic Turkish Train Station

"Orbanic" Weekly Organic Farmer's Market to Begin This Friday at Tel Aviv's Historic Turkish Train Station

Traditional organic agriculture and gorgeous historic architecture come together at Tel Aviv’s restored Turkish train station. The historic Turkish train station between Neve Tsedek and Jaffa in Tel Aviv, which in its former glory operated trains from Jaffa to Jerusalem, has laid in ruins for decades.  Over the past few years, though, the Tel Aviv[.....]

The Sustainable Coffee Rush and Its Relevance to Israel

The Sustainable Coffee Rush and Its Relevance to Israel

Beduin coffee in Israel. Consumption is on the rise, and in demand is the sustainable, fair trade, organic variety. Image via scobleizer. In celebration of the year 2010- the International Year of Biodiversity- the environmental charity Earthwatch hosted a lecture on Farming and Sustainable Environments at the Royal Geographical Society, London, on March 17. One[.....]

"Food for Thought" Conference in Tel Aviv

"Food for Thought" Conference in Tel Aviv

Advertising itself as Israel’s first food-focused conference, “Mazon Le-Machshava” or food for thought, opens in the Tel Aviv port next Thursday, November 19. In addition to a Top Chef-style cookdown to produce the tastiest meal with the lowest carbon footprint, the conference also promises conversations about farming, energy and water. It taps into a growing trend[.....]

Negev Nectars Imports Israeli Organics

Negev Nectars Imports Israeli Organics

If you’ve been reading from the United States about the organic olive oils, vegetables and honey coming out of the Middle East, you’ll be excited to hear about a chance to buy into sustainable Israeli farming through Negev Nectars. Run by Marvin Israelow and Green Prophet writer Jeff Yoskowitz, Negev Nectars launches this month. For[.....]

WWOOF Your Way to Organic Food in the Middle East

WWOOF Your Way to Organic Food in the Middle East

If you think that WWOOF is the sound that a dog makes… well, you’re right.  But it also stands for “Willing Workers On Organic Farms,” or “World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.”  So keep your ears tuned in for that term, because the WWOOF movement is spreading globally – including right here in the Middle East.[.....]

Hotel Mizpe Hayamim in the Galilee Offers Luxurious Vacations in Their Hotel, Spa, and… Organic Farm

Hotel Mizpe Hayamim in the Galilee Offers Luxurious Vacations in Their Hotel, Spa, and… Organic Farm

Luxury and “green” are usually mutually exclusive.  Sure, you have to spend a lot of green to be luxurious, but generally speaking there isn’t much that’s environmentally friendly about five star hotels and luxury spas. Hotel Spa Mizpe Hayamim in the eastern Galilee region of Israel is trying to rectify that situation and create a[.....]

Tel Aviv Has a Farm, E-I-E-I-O

Tel Aviv Has a Farm, E-I-E-I-O

If the city folk won’t come to the farm, then the farmers will come to the city.  Unfortunately, though, many times when the farm comes to the city, it comes in a yuppie, elitist  form such as the slow food farmer’s market in the Tel Aviv port.  Or even the farmer’s market in Jaffa.  While[.....]

Thirteen Part Television Series on Geography and the Environment Broadcast in Israel

Thirteen Part Television Series on Geography and the Environment Broadcast in Israel

A new television series, “Sovev Israel” (translated as both Around Israel and Israel Environment), was launched on March 22, 2009 in Israel. The series was produced by Israel Educational Television in cooperation with the Geography Instruction Inspectorate in the Ministry of Education and with the assistance of numerous organizations, including the Ministry of Environmental Protection,[.....]

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