Forget Coke and Pepsi, put cola-flavored leaves in drinks

Posted on January 16th, 2017
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

A plant sold worldwide by Israel’s Hishtil Nurseries imparts a cola taste naturally.

Grow some Artemisia arbotanum – a.k.a. the “cola plant” – in your backyard, roof or terrace and you’ll have no need to buy caramel-colored drinks. Just pluck some leaves to flavor hot and cold beverages, and even salads, stews and stir-fries.

The cola plant is one of about 250 kinds of culinary herbal plants exported by Israel’s Hishtil Nurseries for sale in supermarkets, garden centers and DIY stores across Western Europe and North America.

“We are always searching for specialty varieties from collectors all over the world to bring another taste and look to the garden and the kitchen,” says Ofir Elasar, marketing and sales manager for Hishtil.

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Thanks to Israel, driving a car will never be the same!

Posted on January 9th, 2017


Israel is constantly inventing products to improve life. They develop inventions that one never would have thought could exist.

What Israel has developed for the car engine will blow your mind!

Israel is literally changing the world at the speed of…a car engine!

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Israeli Water Technology Changing the World

Posted on January 2nd, 2017
By KKL-JNF for

Israel H20: A JNF USA tour on the trail of Israel's water solutions

The annual JNF USA mission arrived in Israel for a week of tours throughout the country, with an emphasis on the field of water technologies. They toured from north to south, strengthened their connection to the land, and became more familiar with the various projects that they are partners in developing.

The mission visited Hula Lake Park, the Shamir Water Drillings, the Eshkol Purification Plant, Emek Hefer, the Yarkon River, the Sorek Desalination Plant and the Shafdan Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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How eating more chicken could save us from environmental ruin

Posted on December 26th, 2016

by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine

New research says switching from beef to poultry might be the most efficient and earth-friendly way to eat.

Turns out those pleading Chick-Fil-A cows with their misspelled billboard signs might be on to something.

A new study out of Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science suggested that reducing beef consumption in the U.S. could drastically reduce the environmental footprint of food production and meet the caloric and protein demands of 40% more people. 

In the study, published in Environmental Research Letters, the researchers – Weizmann professors Gidon Eshel, Ron Milo and Alon Shepon – argue that beef, which is the most environmentally costly type of meat, should be replaced with the more "resource-efficient" poultry.

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What goes down the drain can sustain the whole building

Posted on December 19th, 2016
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Epic CleanTec took an Israeli technology for clean, odor-free disposal of dog waste and is applying it to high-rise buildings, starting in San Francisco.

A pug named Paulee doing his business on a Tel Aviv sidewalk inspired a revolutionary business in waste management, catching the imagination of the White House, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, corporations and investors on several continents.

The newest business springing from this unlikely source is Epic CleanTec, a California company introducing a system that separates out an entire building’s solid waste from the wastewater stream and converts it into dry, odorless, sterile, organically based fertilizer for landscaping.

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