Passover Environment Justice Resources
From The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Free Downloadable Earth Justice Seder Haggadah
We invite you to use this Haggadah companion to remind ourselves how Jewish tradition teaches us to care for all living things of the earth and all of our neighbors.
You are free to use this adapted service either as a companion to your favorite Haggadah or as an independent Haggadah. We chose to focus on the frame of climate change and the celebration of our earth, as it relates to the agricultural celebration of Pesach. We recognize that there are missing pieces like Miriam’s Cup, and other modern adaptations of the Passover seder. We welcome you to add in or substitute any of the pieces included here, and hope that you may make the seder your own.
Israelis launch first-ever intelligence network for trees
By Abigail Klein Leichman
Former military intel expert puts his know-how to work in agricultural orchards to give growers unprecedented data.
It’s not unusual for superstars from Israeli military intelligence units to spin their expertise into startup gold. SeeTree cofounder and CEO Israel Talpaz chose to apply his intel knowhow to commercial orchards, and the company is growing as fast as a weed.
“His passion for agriculture comes from his father, who was a professor of agriculture at Texas A&M and after he moved to Israel, was deputy manager at the Volcani Center [Agricultural Research Organization],” explains SeeTree cofounder and chairman Barak Hachamov.
The Israeli tech helping farmers worldwide improve their crops
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c
About 19,000 farmers in eight countries use the Taranis imaging and analysis platform to help prevent disease and pest infestation in major crop groups.
It began with four cofounders in “garage” mode in 2015. Less than four years later, Israeli ag-tech company Taranis has nearly 60 employees, five overseas offices, two acquired companies and $30 million in investments.
About 19,000 farmers use the agriculture platform to make decisions about preventing disease and pest infestation in crops such as wheat, corn, soybeans, cotton and potatoes on a cumulative 20 million acres of fields in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Russia, United States and Ukraine.
Irrigation Company Netafim to Provide Water Solutions to 60,000 Farmers in India
By NoCamels Team
Israel’s Netafim, an irrigation company that became a subsidiary of Mexican chemicals company Mexichem in 2017, announced that it will be undertaking four major water projects in India, spanning 100 villages impacting nearly 60,000 rural farmers.
Netafim said it will be deploying its precision irrigation technologies in India’s Singataluru, where it will work on two projects across 41 villages; the Ananthapuramu District, spanning 22 villages, and the Tarikere region, covering 45 villages.
Israel Has A Severe Plastic Problem, But Real Change is Possible
By Neta Nissim, for ZAVIT, in NoCamels
This article was produced by ZAVIT, a news agency focused on science and the environment launched by The Israeli Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
Each year, Israel produces about 5.3 million tons of municipal and commercial waste, at a waste volume growth rate of two percent. By 2050, the country had planned to recycle 50 percent of its total waste; however, as of today, the volume of recycling has only reached 25 percent.
Although close to half of all the generated waste is biodegradable, most of it is dumped in landfills. Just like the rest of the world, Israel’s biggest challenge lies in the handling and recycling of the increasing amounts of plastic waste.