Israel | Jewish law in this sabbatical year has farmers looking not to lie fallow but to fight
by Jill Nelson
Posted 11/24/07, 12:00 am
Modern-day Israel prides itself in "making the desert bloom." In recent times the land flowing with milk and honey has more resembled a vast wasteland, but the region now boasts pomegranates with exceptional flavor, massive melons, and enough flowers and produce during the winter months to earn the nickname, "Europe's greenhouse." Farming has flourished into not only an economic but also an ideological pillar of the nation's existence.