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Feb. 23, 2022

Drought and Heat Cause Concern for Farmers Across Spain

Last January was the driest one in Spain since 1961, according to the national weather agency. Olive farmers worry about production losses as a result.

Feb. 17, 2022

Olive Council Announces Australian Campaign

The IOC said a three-year campaign tp promote olive oil in Australia will target consumers, producers and policymakers.

Feb. 16, 2022

Survey: 55 Percent of Consumers Prefer Sustainable Food Options

Consumers in developing countries showed the most rapid increase in sustainably made foods. Developed countries experienced more modest gains.

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Feb. 9, 2022

Hydrocarbon Fingerprinting Helps E.U. Researchers Verify Olive Oil Provenance

The researchers said the new method accounts for a variety of factors and allows for cheaper and simpler identification of olive oil’s geographical origin.

Feb. 8, 2022

Conservationists Hope to Replicate Success of Biodiversity Project in Northeast Spain

SEO/BirdLife is working with farmers in Aragón to promote biodiversity in their centenary groves and add value to their traditional varietals.

Feb. 8, 2022

Authorities Destroy Almond Tree Infected With Xylella in Central Italy

Xylella fastidiosa multiplex, which is not known to affect olive trees, was identified by authorities in Lazio.

Feb. 7, 2022

Europe’s New Sustainable Agricultural Policies Will Make Foods Even More Expensive, Farmers Warn

Farmers and cooperatives are uneasy with the new European Union policy aimed at sustainable food production and its effects on prices.

Jan. 25, 2022

Spain Expects to Produce 1.25M Tons of Olive Oil in Current Crop Year

Spain's projected yield would amount to approximately 42 percent of the global olive oil production.

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.

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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.

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.

Jan. 4, 2022

Researchers Identify Xylella Vectors on Balearic Islands

Two species of insects were identified as the main vectors of the deadly olive tree pathogen on the Spanish islands.

Dec. 20, 2021

Promotion of MedDiet Aligns with U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals

Highlighting the need for public-private-sector cooperation, the Mediterranean Diet Foundation set out its strategy for meeting the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Dec. 20, 2021

European Commission Announces Public Consultation on Food Labeling

Interested parties will have until March 7, 2022, to participate. About one-third of the comments already published have come from the four main olive oil-producing countries.

Dec. 18, 2021

Catalonia Pledges €1M to Filomena Recovery, Rejects Most Aid Requests

Local olive farmers are angry after 65 percent of applications for recovery aid were rejected. They argue the authorities are underestimating long-term damage.

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