How Israel Is Changing the World of Dairy Production

Several years ago, I read a story (I think it was a first draft of a Mosaic article) that mentioned a team of Israeli specialists who went to China to help build up the country’s dairy industry. At a model farm, the consultants had the cows listen to Beethoven (or was it Mozart?) as they grazed, which, studies had shown, would cause them to produce more milk.

While Sino-Israeli cooperation isn’t what it used to be, the land of milk and honey continues to lead the way in terms of innovations in dairy production. In honor of Shavuot—on which, for reasons that are not entirely clear, there is a widespread Jewish custom of eating dairy foods—here’s a look at some of them. Some of the most cutting-edge, according to Alon Turkaspa, cut out the cows entirely:

Remilk produces dairy products in a way that is healthy and clean, without cholesterol, lactose, hormones, and antibiotics. Their method yields products that taste identical to conventional dairy, use significantly fewer resources, and are 100-percent cruelty-free.

Imagindairy creates animal-free dairy products using fermentation. They combine a passion for dairy, concern for the planet and scientific expertise to produce dairy proteins that mimic the flavor, functionality, experience, mouthfeel, and nutrition of traditional dairy. Their products are lactose-free, growth hormone-free, and cholesterol-free.

Read more at JNS

More about: Farming, Israeli technology, Shavuot

While Israel Is Distracted on Two Fronts, Iran Is on the Verge of Building Nuclear Weapons

Iran recently announced its plans to install over 1,000 new advanced centrifuges at its Fordow nuclear facility. Once they are up and running, the Institute for Science and International Security assesses, Fordow will be able to produce enough highly enriched uranium for three nuclear bombs in a mere ten days. The U.S. has remained indifferent. Jacob Nagel writes:

For more than two decades, Iran has continued its efforts to enhance its nuclear-weapons capability—mainly by enriching uranium—causing Israel and the world to concentrate on the fissile material. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently confirmed that Iran has a huge stockpile of uranium enriched to 60 percent, as well as more enriched to 20 percent, and the IAEA board of governors adopted the E3 (France, Germany, UK) proposed resolution to censure Iran for the violations and lack of cooperation with the agency. The Biden administration tried to block it, but joined the resolution when it understood its efforts to block it had failed.

To clarify, enrichment of uranium above 20 percent is unnecessary for most civilian purposes, and transforming 20-percent-enriched uranium to the 90-percent-enriched product necessary for producing weapons is a relatively small step. Washington’s reluctance even to express concern about this development appears to stem from an unwillingness to acknowledge the failures of President Obama’s nuclear policy. Worse, writes Nagel, it is turning a blind eye to efforts at weaponization. But Israel has no such luxury:

Israel must adopt a totally new approach, concentrating mainly on two main efforts: [halting] Iran’s weaponization actions and weakening the regime hoping it will lead to its replacement. Israel should continue the fight against Iran’s enrichment facilities (especially against the new deep underground facility being built near Natanz) and uranium stockpiles, but it should not be the only goal, and for sure not the priority.

The biggest danger threatening Israel’s existence remains the nuclear program. It would be better to confront this threat with Washington, but Israel also must be fully prepared to do it alone.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy