No Bake Date Squares Recipe

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Wouldn’t it be great if recipes for high-energy, healthy snacks required no cooking or baking?  Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret: date squares are made with neither a stove nor an oven. The lesson I’ve learned after watching this video demo: Never underestimate the power of a food processor.

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This Desert Daughter Makes Healing Cosmetics with Ancient Bedouin Secrets

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I had the pleasure of meeting this enterprising Bedouin woman, Miriam Aborkeek while on a Bedouin home stay and personal tour with Yeela Raanan of Bedouin Experience in Israel. Here’s Aborkeek’s story about her natural cosmetics company Desert Daughter: Once, Bedouin women roamed with the seasons, foraging for plants and helping graze animals where the rains […]

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Corporate Organic Food Struggles to Compete in Israeli Markets

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In Israel the organic food market is still comparatively small and underdeveloped. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz organic food only comprises one and half percent of Israel’s agricultural output. A whopping 90% of it is exported abroad, mainly to European markets. An annual Agriculture Ministry survey in 2011 discovered that 37.4% of the organic […]

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Going Green the Hizbullah Way

Hizbollah is going green with an eco-jihad as a tactic of war against Israel. On October 9, 2010, Hizbullah‘s Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, briefly came out of hiding to mark the end of Hizbullah’s campaign to plant million trees in Lebanon to restore the country’s forests. This campaign was organized by Jihad al-Binaa, Hizbullah’s […]

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UAE Tests Produce for Pesticides

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Protecting food security in Abu Dhabi. A press release from the United Arab Emirate’s Ministry of Environment and Water states that in the past year, 8000,000 fruit and vegetables were tested for safe levels of pesticide residues. It seems that the scandal in Egypt over illicit pesticides resonates all over the Middle East.

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Egyptian Organic Farm Declared Sustainability World Leader

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SEKEM, an Egyptian organic farming community has been chosen as one of 16 ‘Sustainability Champions’ in the developing world which are tackling environmental and social problems A recent report by the World Economic Forum has identified 16 successful companies from as far afield as Costa Rica and China which have shown great environmental awareness and […]

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Organic Farming On the Rise In Emirates

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Since 2007, land dedicated to organic greenhouse farming across the United Arab Emirates has increased by 15 percent Despite some debate over the carbon-footprint of locally grown food when using desalinated water, it is widely accepted that growing your own food locally is better and greener than shipping it in from all corners of the […]

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Ayala Moriel’s Green, Natural Perfumes Inspired by the Holy Land

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Ayala Moriel Parums is a world-renowned boutique purveyor of sensual and inspiring natural perfumes, “crafted with passion and integrity,” that rise above the standard read-to-wear fragrances. The concept of wearing au natural scents is gaining traction among consumers around the world, and locally in the Middle East, a region rich in botanicals and natural essences. […]

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Beirut’s “A New Earth” Provides Lebanese Urbanites a Place to Shop for Eco-Products

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Eco-friendly products AND vegan shwarma can be found at Beirut’s A New Earth. Sometimes, despite all our good intentions towards living a greener, healthier lifestyle, it’s just not convenient.  Sadly, most mainstream supermarkets don’t carry a variety of organic produce (if they carry it at all), and natural products may be few and far between.  […]

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