Monday, October 27, 2014

Israel, Finland And U.S. Are Top Countries For Clean Technology

Blooming flower with star of David
Israel was recently listed by a cleantech index as having the world's most vibrant clean-technology industry, ripe for producing viable startups to commercialize sustainable innovation over the next decade.

Produced by Cleantech Group and World Wildlife Fund, the index ranked forty nations based on both the development of clean technology and the creation of market demand for that technology.

A powerful combination of government funding and venture capital support secured Israel the top spot for its high impact cleantech startups. Despite cleantech revenues being low in Israel, supportive government policies for the technology have increased.

Per the report, Israel scored so high due to its culture of innovation. Israel is able to compensate for its small domestic market, sensitive geopolitical setting and water constraint by drawing the attention of both local and foreign investors to bet on its pool of high-tech entrepreneurs," the report stated.

Relative to the size of its economy, Israel has a large number of cleantech companies, some of which treat industrial wastewater, while others develop non-GMO breeding technologies.

As finite resources diminish, the world will increasingly depend on high-tech industries to share and reuse these resources globally.

Read more about it here.

Off to enjoy a little bit of green time at the local park, till next time!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Israel To Host World's Largest Vegan Festival

Girl with a fruit basket
On October 13 at Leumi Park in Ramat Gan from noon to 11pm, Israel will host the world's largest vegan festival! Approximately 15,000 people are expected at Vegan Fest, will feature 100 food stalls, top musicians, celebrity guests and a full roster of speakers including Prof. Richard Schwartz, president of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America.

Per the latest statistics, Israel has the largest percentage of vegans per capita in the world, approximately 4% of the population, or about 300,000 people, in addition to 560,000 vegetarians. Previous festivals focusing on veganism and animal rights were a great success.

This year's festival is expected to outshine previous similar festivals, complete with major corporate sponsors like Domino's Pizza, who launched their vegan pizza in Israel.

Israeli reality star Tal Gilboa, who won Israel's 2014 "Big Brother" is vegan and has greatly influenced Israeli viewers to reconsider their eating habits.

Similar vegan festivals in other nations attracted a much smaller number of participants, but Israel is quickly becoming the world's first vegan nation, with vegan menus and vegan options appearing in restaurants all over the country.

The festival will be taking place during Sukkot and will feature a sukkah in the park, along with various kids' activities, free yoga and pilates, and plant powered food samples.

Read more about it here

Off to enjoy a vegan meal of my own, till next time!