It’s good that Israel is largely self-sufficient agriculturally, and this is particularly true during the present coronavirus crisis. There are no shortages of either fruits or vegetables in local supermarkets. “But this,” my friend and farmer Amnon stressed, “is thanks to the Israeli farmers and not the Israeli government, which has neglected agriculture over the years.”
The present situation compels us to greater accountability in regards to our nation’s ability to feed itself.
Workers picking broccoli in a field in the Jezreel Valley.
On Thursday, I quickly jumped from our editorial office to the nearby Jerusalem open-airmarket Mahane Yehuda to buy vegetables and fruit for the weekend. Unlike my typical visits to this colorful market, I did what I came to do with haste, without stopping to chat. All the fresh produce was on display as usual. You could almost forget that we are in the midst of a global crisis.
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