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  • Writer's pictureDany Goldraij

Top Israeli technologies that can change the world

Updated: Oct 30, 2021

Here are the top Israeli technologies doing just that by addressing acute issues from the world’s declining bee population to dirty diapers and everything in between.

Technologies affect society: Technology brings skills, knowledge, process, technique, and tools together for solving problems of human beings, making their life secure and easier.

Israeli Inventions That Changed the World

  • Medical technology.

  • SniffPhone – the device that can smell disease.

  • ReWalk – a battery-packed 'exoskeleton'

  • PillCam – a swallowable medical camera.

  • The Flexible Stent – preventative medical tech.

  • Software developments.

  • Firewall – the original protection against malware.

Technologies in agriculture

Aleph Farms cultivates greenhouse gas-free meat

This tech is a great one for those who love a steak dinner but are lesser fans of the environmental impact of the animal agriculture industry – the one responsible for a large chunk of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water use. Israeli food-tech startup Aleph Farms has come up with a technology that creates cultivated meat using cellular agriculture in which biotechnological engineering replaces natural growing processes, using cow cells instead of slaughtering one. While it won’t be ready for a few years yet, we’re looking forward.

Vertical Field grows food close to home, and vertically

Vertical Field is an Israeli ag-tech company that specializes in vertical growing systems. Vertical farming, it says, uses 90 percent less water than regular field farming, produces plants much quicker, and is pest- and weather-resistant, meaning that more food can be grown more easily. In Israel, the technology is being used at several supermarkets to grow leafy greens such as kale, basil, and peppermint, cutting down quite a number of stages in farm-to-table.

Israel & grow crops in dry and hot conditions

Israeli companies demonstrate their greenhouse technologies: "Israel can teach the world how to grow in extreme climate"

“Growing food in high temperatures, with little water available, is no more than usual for Israeli growers. For that reason, growers from around the world can use Israeli solutions to adapt to warmer weather,” David Silverman, advisor at the Israeli ministry of agriculture states. “Despite its small size, Israel possesses a dense amount of research institutions in the field of agriculture. With our diverse topography and climate zones, we manage to maintain intense agriculture in the desert.”

According to David, the solution should be threefold: genetics, developing resistant varieties, migration, choosing the right area to grow certain crops, and implementing technology.

arid area

Learning about these Israeli technologies and growing solutions was the goal of the webinar Greenhouse Technologies organized by the Foreign Trade Admission of Israel in the Netherlands. During the webinar, Israeli companies presented their solutions for growing in harsh climates.

Ziv Shaked with DryGair presented DryGair’s solution to reduce air humidity in greenhouses. As pathogens and fungi thrive in humid air, reducing air humidity is of critical importance. Besides, humidity and energy go hand in hand. The DryGair solution extracts water from the air, which condenses inside of the machine. This causes air circulation in the greenhouse that also serves to cool the greenhouse down and create a homogeneous climate. In the Netherlands, DryGair works with Royal Brinkman to provide growers with this solution. The water that is captured in the machine can later be used for irrigation.

Itamar Zisling with MetoMotion addressed the worldwide labor shortage in horticulture. To combat this shortage, their company has developed a system to cut labor costs. The Greenhouse Robotic Worker (GRoW), a self-guided vehicle with two robotic arms, a 3D-vision system, and an onboard boxing system uses cameras to detect crops. The robotic arms capture the crop, place it on a conveyer belt, after which it is boxed and transported to a nearby trolley. Thanks to its camera, GRoW can also harvest at night time. “The financial value of GRoW is enormous, and the payback time is less than 2 years, whilst it saves 80% of the labor, thus allowing farmers to focus on their product rather than labor dependency,” Itamar concludes.

How to grow crops in dry and hot conditions

Farmers in arid areas around the world need no convincing that the climate is changing under their feet. Their income is going down and forcing many to give up farming.

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Dry Soil

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has never stopped inventing agricultural technologies that greatly improve farming everywhere.

Continuing ag-tech innovation enables farmers to use water and fertilizer more efficiently, grow crops resistant to disease and drought, and harness data above and below ground to increase quality and quantity.

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