"The grass is always greener” some say. Not for me. I live in Brazil and I love everything about it; its food, beaches, weather, people and its diverse nature, especially the Amazon rainforest. Spreading over two million miles of land, the Brazilian rainforest is the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet; home to an incredible diversity of birds, plants and animals. But the Amazon rainforest is way more than just a wildlife haven. Many call it “the lungs of the planet” for its role in absorbing greenhouse gases, stabilizing the climate, providing medicine and food, and supporting the livelihoods of over 1.2 billion people around the world.
A special bacteria and precision irrigation save a nature reserve
What’s the connection between precision irrigation technology and one of Israel’s most ambitious nature restoration projects? As a member of the Netafim family for over 15 years I witnessed time and again how identifying a need and dreaming up a solution has led us to develop innovative products and technologies that have made a huge impact on the agriculture industry. But sometimes reality tops anything you can imagine, and out-of the-box thinking takes on a whole new dimension. On December 4, 2014 Israel experienced one of the worst environmental disasters in the country’s history, five million cubic meters of crude oil polluted an area of 15 hectares in the Evrona nature reserve. Oil streams flowed for 7 km from the leak site and formed oil lakes which created a layer of crude oil beneath the surface preventing water from penetrating the soil endangering life in this beautiful and fragile natural ecosystem.