Saturday, July 02, 2011
Israel and Dairy
Via Marginal Revolution, an interesting post on cottage cheese in Israel. It says the early settlers saw dairy as challenging, since cows weren't expected to thrive there. It reminded of two other articles: one on the revival of farming in Gaza--although the Israeli settlers' greenhouses were looted after Israel withdrew from Gaza, some of the land is now growing vegetables; the other on growing tomatoes in Florida in the winter. The common thread is that the soil and maybe climate aren't well-adapted for the agriculture, but it's possible to do well financially because of their location. In the Israel/Gaza cases you've got the advantage of serving a local populace and being much closer than rival sources of the products. In the case of Florida tomatoes, you've got the advantage of winter in the North.