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Oct. 21, 2020

World Olive Oil Competition Opens Registration for 2021

Early registration is open for the world's most prestigious olive oil quality contest.

Oct. 20, 2020

Study Suggests Olive Oil Helps Prevent Arterial Disease, Pomace Oil Might Worsen It

Olive oil consumption is associated with benefits for the prevention of peripheral arterial disease, while pomace oil could promote its development.

Oct. 16, 2020

Latest Xylella Outbreak in Puglia Continues to Spread

Authorities have identified 136 newly-infected trees in Puglia. Among the new discoveries are two millenary olive trees in what was considered to be a buffer zone.

Oct. 15, 2020

Bans on Night Harvesting Have Alleviated Threat to Migratory Birds

The head of conservation for BirdLife Europe applauded prohibitions on nighttime intensive olive harvesting in Spain and Portugal.

Oct. 14, 2020

U.N. World Food Program Wins 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The WFP was awarded for its contributions to combat hunger and efforts to create better conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.

Oct. 9, 2020

Olive Mills Open in Jordan With Average Harvest Predicted

After a hot summer, officials in Jordan anticipate production to reach 23,000 to 24,000 tons.

Sep. 22, 2020

Olive Flies in Spain Are Immune to Common Pesticide, Study Finds

Roughly 80 percent of olive fruit fly populations on the mainland have genes that confer resistance to one of the most popular pesticides.

Sep. 16, 2020

Italy Provides €140M in Loans to Producer Groups to Buy Olive Oil, Table Olives

Guaranteed loans are available to producer organizations to buy Italian olive oil and table olives from their members.

Sep. 16, 2020

Xylella Fastidiosa Arrives in Third French Region

Authorities have implemented containment protocols after discovering an infected lavender plant at a gardening store in Occitanie. The southern region is home to about one-quarter of France’s olive oil production.

Sep. 8, 2020

Ancient Olive Mill Transformed Into ‘Solidarity Kitchen’ on Lesbos

Situated above the massive Moria refugee camp on the eastern Greek isle, volunteers have turned an old oil mill into an impromptu community kitchen and are helping to provide 1,000 meals each day.

Sep. 8, 2020

Authorities Investigate New Olive Tree Pathogen in Northeast Italy

The Venetian regional government has teamed up with farmers and researchers to find the cause of an ongoing outbreak

Sep. 8, 2020

Reforming Food Systems Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change, Report Finds

In the fight to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 ºC (3.6 ºF) above pre-industrial levels, policy makers will need to focus on adapting their food systems to be more plant-based and sustainable, according to the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund.

Sep. 4, 2020

Imports Rise in Spain as Big Brands Work Around U.S. Tariffs

Spanish companies are re-exporting more oils from Portugal and Tunisia to the U.S. to bypass tariffs.

Jul. 30, 2020

In Italy, Farmers Unite to Compete With Multinationals

One of Italy’s largest agricultural firms has agreed to invest $200 million to provide more bargaining power and a larger pool of resources for independent farmers.

Jul. 29, 2020

Local Production and Sustainability Highlight Terra Madre 2020

Over the course of six months, farmers, scientists and other stakeholders in the global agri-food business will propose and debate solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing issues surrounding sustainability and climate change.

Jul. 29, 2020

Applying Crushed Rock to Croplands Reduces Atmospheric CO2, Study Finds

Up to two billion tons of CO2 could be absorbed each year by adding crushed rocks to farmlands. The technique could be employed by countries to help them meet their climate targets.

Jul. 23, 2020

Trader Joe's Rebrands Some Controversial Products Amid Criticism

The multi-billion dollar grocery chain has said it is in the process of rebranding products under the 'Trader José' and 'Trader Giotto' brands.

Jul. 22, 2020

Geographical Indications Protected in New China-E.U. Trade Deal

The PDO and PGI status of two dozen extra virgin olive oils from five different European countries will be formally protected as part of the deal, which is expected to be ratified later this year.

Jul. 20, 2020

Jaén Launches Initiative to Increase Sustainability, Profitability

Through the Seralma Verde project, Jaén's provincial government will advise and support producers seeking to transform olive oil waste products.

Jul. 20, 2020

Organic Olive Cultivation Continues to Grow in Spain

The land area dedicated to organic olive farming in Spain rose to 209,288 hectares in 2019.

Jul. 16, 2020

Olive Oil World Tour Campaign Relaunches in Spain

From July through September, thousands of passengers boarding the high-speed ferry, Cecilia Payne, will be reminded of Spain's olive oil sector.

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