News Briefs

Dec. 5, 2022

Students in Rome Design Drone for Harvesting Olives

The developers said the drone increased productivity, reduced costs and lowered emissions associated with the olive harvest.

Dec. 1, 2022

Olive Pits Fuel Flights from Seville

Biofuel from olive pits and other organic waste cut carbon dioxide emissions of more than 200 flights by 200 tons.

Nov. 30, 2022

Centuries-Old Groves Restored and Harvested at Trajan's Historic Home

Dubbed Trajan’s Olive Oil, the initiative is an efforts to revitalize agricultural production in the historically-industrial area.


Nov. 28, 2022

Olive Wellness Institute Questions Study on Diet and Dementia

The olive oil science organization said the use of the term ‘modified Mediterranean diet’ is misleading if it does not include extra virgin olive oil.

Nov. 28, 2022

Spanish Company Awarded for 'Olive Beer'

Adding Empeltre olive extract during fermentation endows OliBa with the flavors, aromas and colors of the endemic Spanish variety, the company said.

Nov. 28, 2022

Most Americans Overestimate the Healthiness of Their Diets, Study Suggests

Only one in 10 accurately self-assesses the healthiness of their eating habits.


Nov. 14, 2022

Tourist Train in Provence Partially Fueled by Olive-Pit Biofuel

The vintage steam train is experimenting with fuel made out of olive pits, which is more environmentally friendly and cheaper than coal.

Nov. 14, 2022

French Scientists and Health Professionals Reiterate Support for Nutri-Score

A petition for mandatory European adoption of Nutri-Score has received more than 35,000 signatures. It comes shortly after an open letter failed to yield results.

Nov. 14, 2022

Jordan Halts Imports of Olive Oil from Palestine

Citing its own bumper harvest, officials in the kingdom said they would prohibit bulk imports from the neighboring West Bank until the harvest is completed.

Nov. 10, 2022

Azerbaijan President Inaugurates Country's Largest Olive Mill

The country's largest mill has been built ahead of an anticipated boom in table olive and olive oil production.

Nov. 9, 2022

Olive Growers in Extremadura Ask for Expansion of Wage Subsidies

The combination of rising production costs and expectations of the worst olive harvest in recorded history has led growers to ask Madrid for financial aid.

Nov. 9, 2022

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hit Record Highs in 2021

The World Meteorological Organization's latest report showed significant increases in methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions.

Nov. 9, 2022

Study: Climate Change Continues to Threaten Global Health

Experts from a range of organizations illustrated the impacts of hydrocarbon-fueled climate change on food security, infectious disease and health-related illnesses.


Sep. 20, 2022

Morrocan Olive Oil Exports Rise After Last Year's Bumper Crop

The Ministry of Agriculture said international sales of olive oil increased by 47 percent, with most new olive oil shipments headed to Europe.

Sep. 12, 2022

Europe Endures Hottest Summer on Record

China and California also experienced unprecedented heatwaves and weathered unrelenting droughts.

Sep. 12, 2022

Drought, Heat Hit the Table Olive Harvest in Spain

Prices will rise due to poor harvests elsewhere and increasing production costs.

Sep. 9, 2022

Drought on Iberian Peninsula Expected to Persist Through November

With no signs of significant rains anytime soon, the debate about the future of agriculture on the peninsula is underway.

Sep. 7, 2022

Farmers in Morocco Prepare for Modest Yield

After last year’s record-high production, the North African country’s two largest olive-growing regions are expecting small harvests.

Sep. 6, 2022

Chalkidiki Table Olives Hit by Hail Ahead of Harvest

Hail on the Chalkidiki peninsula damaged up to 20 percent of the region’s olives, incurring an estimated €1.8 million in damages.

Aug. 23, 2022

Researchers Find a Way to Expedite Photosynthesis

By manipulating the genes that affect photosynthesis, the researchers increased yields in soybeans by 20 percent. The process could be repeated in other crops.

Aug. 23, 2022

Olive Harvest in Valencia Predicted to Fall by 75 Percent

The regional farmers union warns the decline could result in €70 million of losses. They want expanded insurance coverage and financial aid to help growers get by.