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South American Olive Oil Conference Goes Online

Apr. 26, 2021
Daniel Dawson

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The first Latin American Olive Oil Congress is cur­rently under­way, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Spain and Uruguay gath­er­ing dig­i­tally to dis­cuss a range of top­ics.

Speakers with diverse sci­en­tific and pro­duc­tion back­grounds are pre­sent­ing their lat­est research and ideas on agro­nomic prac­tices, tech­nol­ogy, olive oil qual­ity and the use of olive oil in non-edi­ble appli­ca­tions.

(It) is in some way the recog­ni­tion that Latin America has become impor­tant world­wide as a sup­plier of olive oil.- Emma Parente, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chemist, University of the Republic

The con­fer­ence was ini­tially sched­uled to take place in the Uruguayan cap­i­tal of Montevideo, but the resur­gence of the Covid-19 pan­demic on the con­ti­nent and severe travel restric­tions put in place, as a result, moved the event online.

Instead, all 24 pre­sen­ta­tions have been pre­re­corded and uploaded to the con­fer­ence web­site, hosted by Uruguay’s University of the Republic. The pre­sen­ta­tions are avail­able on-demand for con­fer­ence atten­dees to view at any time.

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A com­bi­na­tion of dig­i­tal forums and a sched­uled live ques­tion and answer ses­sion allow pre­sen­ters to inter­act with par­tic­i­pants. The live ses­sion will take place on Wednesday and serve as the con­clu­sion of the event.

Mónica Bauzá, an agron­o­mist from the National University of Cuyo in Argentina, is among the head­lin­ing pre­sen­ters at the con­fer­ence.

She told El País that both the for­mat and con­tent of the con­fer­ence are rea­sons for South American pro­duc­ers to be excited about the future.

I feel a total admi­ra­tion for the orga­niz­ers of the con­fer­ence because I had never done such an olive oil-spe­cific one,” she said. We are talk­ing about vir­gin olive oil and it’s the first big step for a big move.”

We are even look­ing to do the sec­ond in Mendoza, but we must see, due to the pan­demic sit­u­a­tion,” she added. It is a very tran­scen­den­tal step that has been taken and hope­fully, it will con­tinue.”

Emma Parente, a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chemist research­ing the use of olive oil in cos­met­ics and fel­low pre­sen­ter, agreed that the con­fer­ence is an impor­tant step for the South American olive oil sec­tor.

“[It] is in some way the recog­ni­tion that Latin America has become impor­tant world­wide as a sup­plier of olive oil,” she told El País.

“[The con­fer­ence] is a very inter­est­ing oppor­tu­nity to show the impor­tance of work around olive oil, both of those who are in charge of its pro­duc­tion and improve­ment, as well as those who work in research related to it,” she added.





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