Middle East’s Olympians Exempted from Ramadan Fasting

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Islamic scholars decree that Muslims athletes participating in the Olympic games are exempted from fasting. Throughout Ramadan, Muslims must refrain from eating or drinking from dawn to sundown.  The commitment demand both mental and physical stamina.  Fasting challenges sedentary workers in air conditioned offices.  Imagine the toll on world-class athletes who, depending on their particular […]

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10 Tips to Avoid Food Waste on Passover

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Passover matzah ball soup. There are ways to make this holiday greener. Image via DavidMarcel. Jews in Israel and around the world are preparing for the week-long Passover holiday beginning Monday evening, March 29, 2010. Passover, more than any other Jewish holiday, is all about the food. We get rid of the chametz (leavened food), […]

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Udderly Creepy? ‘Humanized’ Milk From a Cow

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Chinese biotech researchers hope consumers will develop a taste for their GM-altered bovine milk. Attitudes towards public breastfeeding in Israel are more relaxed, in general, than in the USA where the sight of mom’s nursing babies is often met with squeamishness (or worse) as various factions debate the utilitarian vs. pleasure functions of the female […]

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Who’s Watching Baby’s Food? Plea Bargain in Infant Formula Scandal

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The death of helpless newborns makes us wonder about the quality of all manufactured foods. Haaretz reports that the Israeli court accepted a plea bargain for Israeli Health Ministry officials who failed to inspect infant formula. The faulty soy powder ultimately caused the death of three babies. In 2003, Remedia Israel imported soy formula, manufactured […]

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Formula Companies Harm Saudi Babies by Promoting “Safe” Formula

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Pfizer’s Saudi Arabia campaign to teach doctors safe baby milk practices is  like cigarette companies  promoting cancer prevention. In the book Understanding Breastfeeding in the Middle East, author Modia Batterjee laments the decline of breastfeeding in Saudi Arabia. At first glance, the 26 Club Forum for Child Health and Nutrition founded to “raise awareness on […]

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How Oily is That Dress? 10 Tips for Reducing Petroleum Use in the Middle East

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Plastic bags, however you use them, is one reason for an increase in petroleum production in Middle Eastern countries. How greasy is that outfit you’re wearing? People don’t always realize that today’s modern fabrics may contain petroleum. And petroleum is used in a surprising number of consumer items. Petroleum production and consumption increases greenhouse gases […]

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Activists Generate Awareness of Critical Issues Ahead of UN Summit

Activists are pulling out all the stops ahead of a development summit at UN headquarters on 20-22 September. Pro-aid and anti-poverty lobbyists are trying everything from giant letters to banging pans to raise awareness of the high-level event. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) suffer from a lack of widespread public recognition, not least in the […]

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