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Machane Yehuda Market and the Globalization of Food

The Machane Yehuda Market is one of the great markets of the world. It testifies to the greatest abundance the land of Israel has ever seen. The market is also an interesting window into contemporary environmental issues related to the production and consumption of food. In this tour of the Machane Yehuda Market through an ecological lens, the Eco Israel Tours educator will describe the emergence of globalized food in Israel in the past thirty years, and discuss what is fueling the growth of this phenomenon.

This tour will explore the significance of this new development in the context of broader Israeli society and global environmental issues including, but not limited to: climate change, rainforest depletion, and species loss. The educator will also discuss the emergence of organic produce and health food stores in the market in recent years. When desired, this tour will also include an exploration of local and global food through the lens of Bible teachings.

Location: The Machane Yehuda Market (shuk) in Jerusalem. In the event of rain, we will stay in the covered portions of the market.

Time: Two hours, excluding travel time to and from site.

Basic Program Timetable:

0:00-0:15         Arrive at the shuk, introduce the planned events and discuss the topic of Israel in the age of globalized food.

0:15-1:00         Guided tour of the shuk, including sampling of foods from various vendors.

1:00-1:30         Presentation by educator about Israel in the age of globalized food, followed by participatory discussion and concluding remarks

1:30-2:00        Optional: Introduction to Bible teachings related to food in the land of Israel

-Paired learning about Bible teachings on food in the land of Israel

Optional: lunch at an eatery of your choice near the shuk (not included in price).

Full-day options on this topic are also available.


 


 

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