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Italian Farmers Support Cancer Research

Dec. 12, 2019
By 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.”

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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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