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PALESTINE's contaminated vegetables: From farm to table, without regulation

PALESTINE's contaminated vegetables: From farm to table, without regulation | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
he bright, colourful vegetables of Palestinian markets conceal secrets that only laboratory equipment can uncover.

The secrets buried in the two main crops on the Palestinian table; tomatoes and bell peppers, began to unravel in 2017. That year, 20 samples of both crops were taken from West Bank cities for examination at the Laboratory Testing Centre at Birzeit University. At the time, the regulatory authorities promised to reform the agricultural pesticide sector and to develop a formula that would allow them to conduct periodic vegetable checks.
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Palestinian farmers check out seeds from West Bank library

Palestinian farmers check out seeds from West Bank library | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Vivien Sansour discovered the need to protect Palestinian seeds while looking for red carrots six years ago and opened a seed library in Beit Sahour; the library will soon move its permanent headquarters to Battir.
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Bitter harvest: Israeli settlements close in on Palestinian olive farmers

Bitter harvest: Israeli settlements close in on Palestinian olive farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Palestinians are trying to preserve the olive trees, because they are our memory, our heritage, and our history. Whenever some trees are uprooted or destroyed, it means memories, heritage, and history are being demolished - Muhanad Qaisi, director of the Olive Tree Campaign

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Gaza farmers grow lettuce without soil –

Gaza farmers grow lettuce without soil – | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

In the besieged Gaza Strip, where the water desalination plant has been badly affected by the fuel shortage, this new technique of agriculture also allows the pair to use less water than would be necessary in traditional farming methods.
While the weather conditions in Gaza are now suitable for the growth of lettuce, the siblings are looking to introduce systems in which they can cultivate fruits and leaf crops for the local market, making this the first such project in the Gaza Strip.

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The Seed Queen of Palestine | Palestine | Al Jazeera

The Seed Queen of Palestine | Palestine | Al Jazeera | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Can one woman's mission to revive ancient heirloom seeds inspire a celebration of traditional Palestinian food?

In the fields and terraces of the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian woman is leading a quiet revolution.

Vivien Sansour is distributing rare, ancient heirloom seeds to Palestinian farmers.

Inspired by memories of her grandmother and the delicious food of her childhood, Vivien wants to reintroduce long forgotten Palestinian produce to the tables of people across the West Bank and beyond. And she believes these organic, climate change-resistant seeds are the key to that.

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