Feeding the World: Sustainable Agriculture

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seedbearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. And it was so.
Genesis 1, 1:11

According to the standard theory, our universe sprang into existence as a "singularity" around 13.7 billion years ago. Prior to that moment there was nothing; during and after that moment there was something: our universe.
The Big Bang Theory

Whether you subscribe to the Biblical or the Big Bang Theory of creation, it is abundantly clear that in the millennia that followed, the earth was humanity’s primary source of food – it still is.
In 1942, the Hebrew University established the Institute for Agricultural Sciences in the nascent State of Israel to ensure there would be enough food for the existing population and – as it turned out – for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the years that ahead. By developing new technologies to optimize water resources and tame the wilderness, that Institute – now the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment – has been in the forefront of increasing and enhancing food production, food safety and food security – locally and globally.

Striving to reduce world hunger and improve the quality and purity of agricultural products through innovative and sustainable farming practices, Hebrew University scientists continue to devise imaginative approaches to the agricultural and environmental concerns that beleaguer the world.


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