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Jan. 21, 2022

Greece to Compensate Olive Growers Impacted by Summer Fires

Full-time olive growers are expected to receive approximately €100 per destroyed olive tree, with half of the amount paid in advance.

Jan. 17, 2022

Less Support for Spain’s Traditional Growers in New CAP, Expert Warns

Instead of going directly to farmers, funds will be provided to producer organizations that fulfill the necessary criteria. Olive farmers are expected to lose out.

Jan. 17, 2022

2021 Was Earth’s Fifth Hottest Year, Scientists Say

The annual average temperature in 2021 exceeded the modern average by 0.3 ºC, scientists at Europe’s Copernicus climate change service found.

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Jan. 11, 2022

Burning Biomass in Europe Causes Deforestation in the U.S., Scientists Warn

The U.S. wood pellet industry is the largest supplier for European wood-burning power plants, which scientists argue may undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Jan. 10, 2022

Italy’s Farchioni Becomes First Major Olive Oil Company to Receive Sustainability Certification

The company's environmental reports fall in line with the Untied Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals, Italian authorities confirmed.

Jan. 7, 2022

Andalusian Officials Criticize Loss of Funding for Farmers in Proposed Ag. Policy

Andalusia’s regional agriculture minister warned that the current Common Agricultural Proposal in Spain would lead to 53 percent of farmers losing funding.

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Dec. 15, 2021

Biodiversity Project Expands Beyond Spain

More than 750 Mediterranean olive farmers across four countries have applied to join the Olivares Vivos project, which succeeded in increasing biodiversity in Andalusian olive groves.

Dec. 15, 2021

Brightland Drops Claims that Most Olive Oils in U.S. Are Adulterated, Rancid

The California-based company volunteered to remove statements from its website after the North American Olive Oil Association filed a complaint.

Dec. 9, 2021

Spanish Study Reveals Olive Pit Biofuel Potential

A study shows that olive pits provide the highest calorific yield of any comparable fuel source and a lower environmental impact.

Dec. 7, 2021

Up to 27 Million in Spain Face Water Shortages by 2050, Minister Warns

The southeast of Spain is at the highest risk. New investments in infrastructure and technology are critical to mitigating the impacts of the crisis.

Dec. 7, 2021

Study: Palm Oil Consumption Accelerates Metastasis of Cancer Cells in Mice

New research showed that cancer patients should minimize consumption of the near-ubiquitous preservative. Oleic and linoleic acids, however, did not accelerate metastasis.

Dec. 7, 2021

U.S. Households Could Slash Emissions by Reducing Junk Food Consumption

A new study suggests 71 percent of households could improve their carbon footprint by consuming less junk food and not buying in bulk.

Dec. 6, 2021

Archaeologists Gather Online to Celebrate the History of The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet dates back thousands of years. Archaeologists want to make sure its history is always preserved.

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Oct. 27, 2021

Study: Agricultural Intensification Hurts Olive Grove Productivity

Researchers in Andalusia found that agricultural intensification hurt olive groves by eliminating the natural predators of pests and depleting soil quality.

Oct. 19, 2021

Olive Oil Production in Spain Expected to Fall, Officials Say

Spain is expected to produce about 1.3 million tons of olive oil in the 2021/22 crop year. Poor weather conditions in Andalusia are largely to blame.

Sep. 30, 2021

Europe’s Farm to Fork Strategy Moves Closer to Becoming Law

The European Parliament’s agriculture and environment committees voted to pass the Farm to Fork strategy to a full vote in October.

Sep. 29, 2021

Producers in Istria Brace for a Disappointing Harvest

Producers on Croatia’s northwestern peninsula expect a decrease of up to 80 percent compared with last year’s yield.

Sep. 28, 2021

Study: Human Activity Increased Likelihood and Severity of July Floods in Western Europe

The World Weather Attribution Initiative concluded that human-caused climate change increased the likelihood of the historic flooding by as much as 20 percent.

Sep. 23, 2021

Passenger Plane Flies 560 Kilometers Using Recycled Cooking Oil

In what the airline referred to as a "perfect carbon-neutral" flight, a British Airways Airbus A320neo flew from London to Glasgow powered by a mix of 35 percent recycled cooking oil and conventional jet fuel.

Sep. 23, 2021

WTO Delays Judgement on Spanish Black Olive Tariffs for Third Time

The European Union and the United States are negotiating a solution to the disagreement over anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Spain.

Sep. 20, 2021

Uzbekistan Joins Olive Council

The Central Asian country became the 18th member of the international organization and plans to dramatically increase olive production.

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