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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 […]

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Afghan Opium Growers Get "The Burn Out"

Afghan farmers get “burned out” as government there tows to US pressure. But for poppy farmers, it’s poppies or starvation. Wheat crops, or biofuel crops cannot compare in value. Molar (not his real name) is an Afghan farmer living in the central Hazzrajat Province of Afghanistan. His 60 hectare farm along the Helmand River has […]

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Agritech 2009 Expo In Tel Aviv Aims To Help Feed the World

(Tal Ya Water technologies, featured at the Agritech expo in Tel Aviv next week, could provide the world’s best – possibly first – effective dew drop collector for watering crops.) Growing tomatoes and raising dairy cows in 113 degrees Fahrenheit is no easy feat, but over the last 30 years or so, Israeli agriculture technologies […]

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Crops Safe, No Frost for Now, Reports Jordan

(Does this guy look worried about the frost? A smokin’ vegetable vendor in a Petach Tikva market, Israel. Credit anyalogic) While North Americans in the higher latitudes are sipping hot cocoa, and have Jack Frost nipping at their noses, farmers in the Middle East pray that the frost won’t come. Last year, sub-zero temperatures wiped […]

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Kfar Kalil for Israel Eco-Tourism in the Galilee

We’ve already written about Israel’s eco tourism industry being developed, and even about new eco study abroad options in Israel for overseas college students who want to make their positive green mark here. And for the tourists Israelis who want to explore their home in an environmentally friendly way, or bring green living to their […]

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Take an Eco-Friendly Tour with Israel Travel Company

We’ve seen that environmentally conscious tourism is becoming more than a buzz word, what with government initiatives stepping in, and the various alternatives in eco-tourism that Israel now offers–including Kazakh yurts! Australian-born tour guide Zel Lederman customizes personal tours for groups and families with Israel Travel Company: Israel Off the  Beaten Track, including tours with […]

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Daniella Relishes 'The End Of Food' by Paul Roberts

For those readers about to participate in tonight’s Yom Kippur fast, Green Prophet Daniella Cheslow offers up many reasons why we need to think again about food production in this weeks ‘eco-reads’ review: Paul Roberts may be the only food writer capable of swinging from prehistoric man gathering berries to a doomsday scenario ten years […]

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Lebanon Celebrates Three Years of an Organic Farming Project

Last Friday, World Vision and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated the achievements of a three year project that has helped hundreds of Lebanese farmers grow organic agriculture in Lebanon.  The project – called the Sustainable Agri-Business Initiative for Lebanon Project – directly helped 800 farmers and over 4500 people in total. […]

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Israeli Company Beeologics Discovers Cure for Bee Colony Collapse-Associated Virus

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a bee virus leading to the widespread deaths of worker bees, has long signified a threat to agricultural industries. It’s not the honey that’s important in agriculture–it’s pollination, and therefore the effects of CCD on this process can be devastating. But now Israeli company Beeologics has discovered a cure for CCD, […]

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Palestinian Agro-Industrial Park: A Sustainable Plan?

Leaders from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority concluding talks in Tokyo yesterday with the announcement that they plan to start building an agro-industrial park in the Palestinian Territories by next year. The agro-industrial park could provide jobs for up to 6,000 Palestinians in the West Bank. According to Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura, the […]

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Voices From the Green Egyptian Blogosphere

As part of our mission to foresee a green, environmentally-sound future for Israel, its neighbors and the world, we’ll be occasionally featuring blogs from the regional blogosphere that also care about all things green, especially those in Arab countries where green issues are relatively undeveloped. Last week we featured environmental blogs from Lebanon and Jordan, […]