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Italian Farmers Support Cancer Research

Dec. 12, 2019
Ylenia Granitto

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The Ital­ian asso­ci­a­tions Italia Olivi­cola and Agri­coltori Ital­iani (CIA) teamed up with the AIRC Foun­da­tion for Can­cer Research in Italy to develop a project called An Extra for Research to sup­port the work of AIRC while pro­mot­ing the use of extra vir­gin olive oil.

Since 1965, AIRC has funded sci­en­tific projects, dis­sem­i­nated sci­en­tific infor­ma­tion, and pro­moted the cul­ture of pre­ven­tion, rely­ing on 4.5 mil­lion sup­port­ers, 20,000 vol­un­teers and 17 regional com­mit­tees to guar­an­tee approx­i­mately 5,000 researchers the resources nec­es­sary to bring results from the lab to the patient as quickly as pos­si­ble.
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For each extra vir­gin olive oil sold in forty coop­er­a­tives and mills in many Ital­ian regions over the week­end of Decem­ber 7 – 8, a part of the sales went to fund the AIRC’s stud­ies. An Extra for Research fea­tured a series of events in col­lab­o­ra­tion with farm­ers and millers to inform the pub­lic about the impor­tance of adopt­ing healthy eat­ing habits to reduce the risk of can­cer.

We took this oppor­tu­nity to enhance the work of Ital­ian grow­ers and their prod­ucts, pre­cious allies of our health, through a fruit­ful syn­ergy with the AIRC Foun­da­tion,” the pres­i­dent of Italia Olivi­cola, Gen­naro Sicolo said.

The national pres­i­dent of CIA, Dino Scanavino said farm­ers have an impor­tant respon­si­bil­ity toward con­sumers. We are com­mit­ted to guar­an­tee­ing opti­mal health for every­one and we are glad to join this project.”


The part­ner­ship was encour­aged by the results of a recent study, sup­ported by the AIRC Foun­da­tion, which shows that daily con­sump­tion of extra vir­gin olive oil helps pre­vent intesti­nal tumors.

The oleic acid con­tained in extra vir­gin olive oil is a sub­stance capa­ble of reg­u­lat­ing cell pro­lif­er­a­tion,” Anto­nio Moschetta, who led the research group at the Uni­ver­sity of Bari, explained. In pre­clin­i­cal stud­ies, we sim­u­lated altered genes and states of intesti­nal inflam­ma­tion and demon­strated that a diet enriched with oleic acid can guar­an­tee con­sid­er­able health ben­e­fits.”

This col­lab­o­ra­tion allows us to high­light the impor­tance of daily con­sump­tion of extra vir­gin olive oil,” the direc­tor-gen­eral of the AIRC Foun­da­tion, Nic­colò Con­tucci con­cluded. Every day, the bat­tle against can­cer acquires new tools thanks to the progress in research, but the impor­tance of indi­vid­ual behav­iors and eat­ing habits is widely rec­og­nized.”

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