Model farm in Israel sowing seeds for global innovation
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
Unique full-scale educational farm in northern Israel to test and show local and international agronomists the latest Israeli ag-tech advances.
Starting with wheat fields and an almond grove, a full-scale sustainable educational farm now taking root in Israel’s Jezreel Valley will be an international showcase for cutting-edge Israeli technologies in precision agriculture, high-yield growth with less water, and preventing soil erosion and infestation.
Natalie Portman burns her mouth for the planet
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine
She made a documentary about factory farms and told us about it while eating painfully spicy wings.
The world is burning, and so is Natalie Portman’s mouth. The Israeli-American actress recently went on “Hot Ones,” a talk show where the host and the celebrity eat incredibly spicy wings, to spread publicity for her new documentary: “Eating Animals.”
Lab-Grown Chicken Startup SuperMeat Could Disrupt The Entire Meat Market
By Simona Shemer, NoCamels
If a piece of chicken was created in a lab, independently of an animal’s body, would it still taste like chicken? Yes, says SuperMeat, an Israeli producer of lab-grown poultry extracted from the stem cells of a live chicken. The Israeli food startup also says it would help provide solutions to some of the world’s biggest food issues like the high cost of production, pollution from animal emissions, animal cruelty, and world hunger.
Wisconsin teams up with Israel to tackle water issues
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
State is following in the footsteps of California and Nevada, which are already working with the Mediterranean country.
When you think of Wisconsin, several things might come to mind: delicious cheese, the Green Bay Packers, and "Laverne & Shirley." Soon, you may be able to add another item to that list: water expertise.
Wisconsin – which is home to two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior – has invited Israeli startups that focus on water technology to test their products in the Midwestern state. The collaboration is the result of a trip to Israel taken by delegates from the state along with Gov. Scott Walker.
Humans are just a tiny fraction of all life on Earth
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine
That’s one of the many findings from the most comprehensive global census of living organisms ever done.
There are 7.6 billion people in the world, but we humans are no match for bacteria, fungi and, in the biggest way, plants.
That's one fascinating takeaway from a massive, comprehensive study of all life forms on Earth, conducted by researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and the California Institute of Technology.