News Briefs

Apr. 5, 2021

Europe Limits Use of Trans Fats in Foods

The move is widely seen as a positive step toward eliminating all trans fats by 2023.

Apr. 5, 2021

Mediterranean Diet Can Delay Parkinson's Disease, Study Shows

Nutrition could become a useful tool for physicians trying to mitigate the impacts of neurodegenerative diseases, according to researchers.

Apr. 5, 2021

Puglia Invests in Early Detection of Olive Tree Diseases and Pests

The agritech startup Elaisian has raised $1 million in its latest fundraising round to expand a program that helps farmers identify and manage pest risks.

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Mar. 31, 2021

Biomass from Olive Groves Fuels Heineken Factory in Southern Spain

The factory will receive up to 6,000 tons of pruning waste annually from olive groves with a 90-kilometer radius of the factory.

Mar. 31, 2021

USDA Funds More Covid Relief Aid for Farmers

Along with extending additional aid to farmers who did not receive any in the previous round, the package adds funding for many other programs, including organic certification.

Mar. 29, 2021

Healthy Compounds in Pomace Oil Absorbed by Fried Foods, Study Finds

Frying with olive pomace oil may be healthier than other cooking oils.

Mar. 17, 2021

Almost 1 Billion Tons of Food Is Wasted Each Year, U.N. Report Finds

The United Nations has found that more than 900 million tons of food were wasted in 2019. The problem is pervasive, with food waste occurring at every step of the food chain worldwide.

Mar. 17, 2021

Olive Council Projects Slight Decrease in Olive Oil Consumption

Spain, Italy and Greece remain the largest per-capita consumers worldwide, while imports to the United States, Japan and Canada show an upturn.

Mar. 15, 2021

New Tool Could Stop the Spread of Main Xylella Fastidiosa Vector

Using sound vibrations, researchers may be able to disrupt the mating of spittlebugs in olive groves. Agriculture groups are calling for more research.

Mar. 15, 2021

Studies Suggest EVOO Helps Reduce Covid Symptoms

Extra virgin olive oil and other key foods in the Mediterranean diet lower the risk of a cytokine storm, boost the immune system and have antiviral properties.

Mar. 12, 2021

Studies Find Olive Oil Improves Oral Health and Prevents Periodontitis

Along with all its other health benefits, consuming olive oil regularly can help protect teeth and gums and protect against periodontitis and dental caries.

Mar. 12, 2021

New Plant Parasite Discovered in Chinese Vineyards

A new root-knot nematode species was identified in southwest China. Researchers are working to determine whether the parasite is as deadly as other species of nematodes.

Mar. 10, 2021

Tunisia Works With Producers to Add Value to Branded Exports

Olive oil exporters in Tunisia hope to double exports of bottled olive oil in the next five years. The government plans to help by easing bureaucratic hurdles and promoting quality.

Feb. 6, 2021

A Pioneering Blind Sensory Panel in Tunisia

A group of young blind Tunisians seeks certification of its tasting panel program.

Feb. 3, 2021

Understanding Relationship Between Fungus and Climate May Curb Costly Olive Tree Pathogen, Researchers Say

Minor temperature changes with certain rainfall patterns provide the best environment for the fungus that causes Verticillium wilt to thrive.

Feb. 1, 2021

Europe Seeks Public Input in Effort to Framework for Geographical Indications

The goal is to identify new tools to strengthen the certified food specialties indications system and fight food fraud.

Jan. 27, 2021

U.S. to Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement

The return of the superpower to the Paris accord is an arduous task and could disrupt the status quo of the pact

Jan. 15, 2021

Refined Foods May Impede Benefits of Mediterranean Diet, Study Finds

Participants adhering more closely to a Mediterranean diet experienced slower rates of cognitive decline than those who consumed more refined foods typical of the Western diet.

Jan. 15, 2021

Olive Council Sets Out to Study Global Consumption Trends

The International Olive Council says it will embark on a study to better understand consumption trends around the world.

Jan. 11, 2021

Domestic Olive Oil Market Improves in Spain

Increasing sales at home have overshadowed a slight dip in exports in the first two months of the current crop year.

Jan. 6, 2021

Mediterranean Diet Tops Annual List for Fourth Consecutive Year

The U.S. News and World Report named the Mediterranean diet as the best overall diet for 2021. The eating plan was also recognized as the best plant-based diet and a top option for heart health and diabetes.

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