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Karin Kloosterman is the founder and editor of Green Prophet, sustainable news for the Middle East She is also the CEO of flux, a company that helps people grow food in cities, sustainably: Email

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New York City Feeds Itself Tonight!

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 4:11 PM

It's the middle of NYC AgTech Week.

It's a time where futurists growing hyperlocal food and technologies in New York City open their labs for urban food week. Tonight there will be a fish taco dinner prepared with fish raised on a roof in the city;...

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Martian Food Tech Hits Earth in Trillion Dollar Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 4:12 PM


Look to Techcrunch any day of the week and see how investment opportunities abound in Agtech. Then go see Matt Damon in The Martian to get a sense for the future of your food.

Combine trillion dollar opportunities...

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12 Internet of Things Startups to Better Your World Compete for Verizon $1 Million Prize Money

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is America's #1 mobile provider and the company just announced finalists for their international Powerful Answers Award which will grant $1 million, $500,000 and $250,000 to the top 3 winning companies in the category Internet of Things (IoT).

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This Is How You Grow Girls in Harlem!

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 12:45 PM

In the middle of Harlem on a derelict plot of land where old men used to play cards, with no kids allowed, is growing one of the most exciting social projects I've seen this year as I go out looking for business partners. Over in Harlem kids that were eating Twix bars...

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Grow Your Own Fresh Food in the Middle of Manhattan -- Ask Henry!

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Henry Gordon-Smith

It's a natural thing for every human being to want: the ability to grow fresh, healthy food anywhere we call home, even if that's in the concrete jungle of New York City. That's where I've been spending the last...

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The Things I Do to Feed the World

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Even the US Customs guy at the New Jersey airport gave me an approving nod: "A technology for hydroponics?" He flips over my business invitation from the NY company to see if there wasn't something inside. "Well, you know, it's still," in a fake finger-wagging voice, "...illegal here?"...

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How Cannabis Tech Will Push Better Food Production Forward

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:03 AM

The tide is turning on American cannabis laws. More and more states are opting for medicinal and recreational use of marijuana and whether you are for or against it, there is an interesting effect: technologies being applied for growing cannabis will help make our planet make better food.

I came...

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A Middle East Delivery for the Lazy Eco Traveler

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:36 PM

I've spent years in the Middle East and I've seen the pattern time and time again. Even in exotic locations tourists fall into the same old traps in cities. I've been one of those tourists in the past -- going to the ridiculous sheesha pipe cafes that locals would never...

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An 'Enlightened' Kuwait Boycotts Israel at International Energy Event in Abu Dhabi

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:37 AM

In another "interesting" move for the planet, Kuwait decided to boycott an international energy event in Abu Dhabi because Israelis would be there. This news comes hot on the trails of a Kuwaiti official banning gays from entering his country, and its fish markets serving up "extinct" and illegally...

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7 Ways to Change the World Using Media, Old and New

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 9:34 AM

We've sailed over New Year's, and through the most depressing day of the year a week later. Now is the time to make good on your New Year's resolutions of doing better things for your soul -- and the planet.

I am going to help you out here a...

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Do-Gooders From Film School Do Good in Nigeria

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:05 AM

When actress-turned eco-activist Daryl Hannah first started her own web-based eco-themed TV series DHLoveLife, she didn't go to film school but got some of her first basic production tips from director friend Quentin Tarantino.

Most of us don't have those kind of connections, although Quentin did eat...

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One Way to Create Peace in the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 1:02 PM

I am a know-it-all in many green regions from Dubai all the way to Toronto: I can point out really cool green tech companies from Israel and the Middle East; I can help volunteers find a local NGO to save the turtles, or show you where to buy a head-turning...

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10 Organizations That Will Green Your World

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 5:06 PM

The Nobel Prize for sustainability? That's what Katerva sells itself as: it's a new and important awards organization which scours the globe for people and organizations that can make real, immediate change for our planet. Now Katerva has announced its 10 winners for the Katerva Awards 2012.  In 2011 I wrote...

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A Gold Rush for the Medical Marijuana Industry?

(11) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:11 AM

When a new nanny comes into your home for the first time to watch your six-month-old infant the last thing that you want to hear is that she spent her morning "helping old people smoke up."

Well, that's how Jenny put it on her first day on the job...

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Arab Israeli Solar Company Bridge to Power Traditional Industry

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Yafa Energy, a new solar energy company from Israel, could be a bridge over which Arab-Israeli technology finds its way to industries in the Arab world seeking renewable energy solutions.

Eureka! Yafa Energy has become the first Arab-Israeli company to win a prestigious European Union EUREKA (Exceptional,...

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Israel's Honeycomb Collectors Keep Houses Warm in Cold Climates

(25) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 4:14 PM

Israel is the land of milk and honey -- and solar water heaters. Practically every roof in Israel is fitted with a solar thermal collector to warm water for endless hot showers and hot water for the kitchen sink.

Taking the idea of solar thermal hot water heaters...

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There's Nothing Cruel About Neutering Your Pets

(8) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 12:00 PM

After growing up in Canada where everyone I know -- except show dog owners -- spays or neuters their cats and dogs, I was surprised that the practice is not widely practiced in Israel where the general notion is that it's unkind to deny an animal the right to reproduce....

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Naturally Eco And Zen On Ko Samui, Thailand (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Nestled in a seaside grove of coconut trees planted by her husband's father, and a deep commitment to planting roots, Nuan Re-Ki built The Kala, an eco-resort in the tropical paradise of Koh Samui in Thailand. And she built it for keeps.

Unlike other boutique and luxury hotels on the Gulf...

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Learning From My Elders: How to Use Online Coupons

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 12:05 PM

I come from a family of cheap -- I mean frugal -- coupon clippers. We'd shop around half a dozen stores every week, me festooned with a mitt-full of coupons to bust those per-person limits on butter, microwave dinners and bottles of Coke. I was embarrassed to have to do...

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Staying Efficient in the Face of Cyber War

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 4:23 PM

A new report more or less confirms what was suspected all along: that the Flame malware attack on Iranian computer systems was masterminded by U.S. and Israeli intelligence agents to slow down the Iranian nuclear program. Flame is a super weapon, a devastating kind of malware that can...

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