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Israel News Update-Springs in the desert: Israeli wins World Food Prize for new area of scientific achievement

20 Jun

From: Messianic Bible
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:27 PM

Shalom

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Every year the World Food Prize honors individuals who have contributed landmark achievements in increasing the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. (World Food Prize)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that Dr. Daniel Hillel
was “a master of applying new thinking to old problems” when she
delivered remarks at the 2012 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement
Ceremony at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. last week.

This year, 81-year-old Israeli scientist Daniel Hillel will be awarded the World Food Prize for his pioneering work in bringing water to arid land regions.

Hillel is the first Israeli to win the prize, which includes a $250,000 cash award. His nomination was supported by individuals and organizations in Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

The prize, which was announced in a ceremony at the US State Department, recognizes Dr. Hillel’s revolutionary work in micro-irrigation, as well as his dedication to working with various cultures in order toimprove the availability of food.

“Hillel laid the foundation for maximizing efficient water usage in agriculture through a method known as micro-irrigation, which has impacted millions of lives,” said World Food Prize Foundation president and US ambassador Kenneth Quinn.

In a US State Department press conference that was broadcast over the Internet, Quinn said of Dr. Hillel, “Today we have a laureate from a region of the world never before recognized, and a new area of scientific achievement.”

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Israel’s Negev Desert now blossoms with crops

Hillel, who was raised on a kibbutz in Israel’s Jezreel Valley, before the formation of the State of Israel, was educated in the US where he received his master’s from Rutgers University.

In the early 1950s, he returned to Israel where he was employed shortly by the Ministry of Agriculture before becoming one of the founders of Kibbutz Sde Boker in Israel’s southern Negev desert.

“About a year later,” Hiller recounts, “we were visited by a familiar man with frizzy hair, who was driven in a Cadillac with a military convoy to see the region. (The Jerusalem Post)

The visitor took a look at the encampment and asked, “What are you doing here?”

When Hillel responded that they were trying to establish a desert settlement, the frizzy haired visitor, who was in fact Israel’s Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, asked if they were accepting new members.

Ben-Gurion resigned from the government and joined them within a few weeks.

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On May 14, 1948, Ben Gurion formally proclaimed
the establishment of the State of Israel. It’s said
that he loved the Negev Desert and wanted to
make it bloom. Time Magazine named him one of
the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.

The task of finding work for Ben-Gurion fell to Hillel. It turned out to be a good connection because shortly afterward, Ben-Gurion arranged to send Hillel to Burma on a mission to help develop that country’s agriculture.

Hillel’s water management methods deliver limited but consistent amounts of water directly to the roots of plants.

His concept was radically different from the prevailing method of irrigation where farmers flooded plants with large amounts of water periodically and then allowed the soil to dry out.

His innovations, which are now used in more than 30 countries, have resulted in healthier plants and higher crop yields. This has made a world of difference to millions of lives.

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A group of tourists in the Negev Desert take refuge under an Acacia tree.
This hardy tree can survive in the desert on very little water.

International Water Crisis Creates Growing Need for Israeli Technology

“As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.” (Zechariah 8:13)

While the worldwide need for water and agricultural irrigation grows, political barriers continue to fall as the world looks to the tiny country of Israel for solutions.

Although the world population tripled in the 20th century, the demand for water has grown six-fold (World Water Council).

In the face of an expanding global water crisis, cutting-edge Israeli agro-technology and water know-how will be distributed to third world countries by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), OECD chairman Angel Gurria said at a recent meeting with the Israel’s National Water Carrier Mekorot in Tel Aviv.

In his remarks, Gurria called Mekorot one of the world’s most technologically advanced national water companies. (OECD)”

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Palm plantation: Although date palms do require
water in order to produce dates for consumer
markets, they can be grown in Israel’s desert
landscapes with the aid of drip irrigation. Each
tree is individually irrigated to conserve water.

At the meeting, Mekorot presented technologies developed for the water crisis both in Israel and abroad.

This included a technique for developing scarce water resources in such places as the arid Arava Valley in the south of the country, where the average annual rainfall is about 30 mm of water; however, last year, only a little over 10mm of rain fell (Jerusalem Post).

Since the Arava isn’t connected to the national water carrier, water is acquired by drilling to depths of as much as 1.5 kilometers (5,000 feet).

To optimize water use, individual trees are watered in the dozens of date orchards with the slightly saline water pumped from the aquifers.

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Because this Ugandan family has no running water, they must do their
laundry in the river. Israel’s Mekorot National Water Company will develop
Uganda’s water infrastructures under an agreement signed with Uganda’s
government-owned National Water and Sewerage Corporation. Ultimately,
Mekorot will build 11 dams and reservoirs that will supply water to two
million Ugandans.

In the Arava, water for human consumption must be desalinated.

A similar plan to that used in the Arava was presented for developing water sources in Uganda, one of the most arid regions in the world, and home to about two million people.

Other plans include a desalination facility for Cyprus to provide 40 percent of the islands water, as well an installation for filtering river water in Brazil.

Mekorot officials said that based on OECD data, if the situation is left unchecked, 40 percent of the world’s population will suffer from the water shortage in 2050, mainly in Africa, South America and west Asia.

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A matooke (green banana) seller on the Kabale-Mbarara road
in Uganda.

Israel Ranks High in Life Expectancy

“With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:16)

A report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks Israel fifth highest in life expectancy, with its infant mortality among the world’s lowest.

The average life expectancy in Israel is 81.6 years—about two years above the OECD average of 79.5. Women in Israel have a slightly higher life expectancy than men (83.5 for women versus 79.7 for men).

The reason for Israelis high ranking in life expectancy may be linked to the following:

• A drop in the infant mortality rate, which is below the average rate for the other OECD countries;

• An increased survival rate after heart attack and stroke;

• An increased survival rate from cancer, thanks to early diagnosis and improved treatments;

• Improvements in the treatment of diabetes, with only seven out of 100,000 adults being hospitalized each year for this disease, compared to 50 out of every 100,000 adults in OECD countries overall; and

• A lower obesity rate than the world’s average, with the US in the lead. At 14 percent, obesity is Israel is below the world average of 17 percent.

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Higher life expectancy: Israelis enjoying a weekly summer party on a
Friday afternoon in Haifa.

Israel Continues to Excel in High-tech

“But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” (Daniel 12:4)

According to end-time prophecy, in the last days, mankind will make great advancements in the areas of knowledge and technology.

Israel seems to be center stage in the fulfillment of this prophecy.

If one considers Israel’s size, comparatively Israel has more engineers, and publishes more scientific articles, than any other country in the world; for instance, Israel has 135 engineers per 10,000 people, compared the US’s 85.

The stimulus for the industry’s growth has been national survival, both military and economic.

Computers that “get to know” the users is yet another example of Israeli expertise in the area of high-tech.

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The Computer Science Faculty building in the Technion Institute, Haifa

The Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence has joined forces with Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to develop technology that “learns” about its user, imitating the functions of the human brain.

A primary application for this technology will result in enhanced security from crime and terrorism.

Because this technology can learn about human behavior, it will be developed to create surveillance cameras that can identify usual events and suspicious activities, so that law enforcement is alerted in a timely manner, and suspects are identified without human intervention (The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences).

Also, it’s hoped that this technology will assist individuals in their daily living by “learning” about their needs and weaknesses; for example, it will help people to find misplaced items, such as keys, and might remind them to turn on the alarm when they leave for work.

It’s estimated that a functioning device will be available in two to three years.

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Prayer at the Western (Wailing) Wall: years ago, when cell phones were
new, they were clunky. Many of today’s technological marvels, like the
headset on this man’s ear, are so small that they inconspicuously and
easily travel with us wherever we go.

Only 20 years ago, we couldn’t even imagine some of the technological marvels we have come to take for granted today. And while technological advances such as the ones above are designed to improve the quality of life, they also remind us that time is short.

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