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Nov. 17, 2022

New Park in Molise Promotes Olive Tree Biodiversity, Social Inclusion

More than 20 regional olive varieties were planted at the Olive Tree Park in Termoli, Molise, which will host natural and cultural activities.

Nov. 10, 2022

Europe and Morocco Sign Deal to Develop Sustainable Agricultural

The €115 million program is meant to modernize Morocco’s agricultural sector, promote reforestation and protect biodiversity.

Oct. 31, 2022

Thousands of Xylella-Resistant Trees to Be Planted in Puglia

The reforestation effort is meant to restore devastated landscapes, promote biodiversity and increase the area’s resistance to new pathogens.

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Aug. 16, 2022

Olive Grove Expansion Threatens Endangered Bird Species in Spain

The expansion of olive groves in Andalusia is reducing the habitat of the endangered Eurasian great bustard and little bustard.

Jul. 18, 2022

Spain Launches a New Strategy Against Desertification

Desertification in the world’s top olive oil-producing country is being fueled by the ongoing drought and poor land management practices.

Jul. 11, 2022

Report: Mediterranean Agricultural Biodiversity at Risk

The Agrobiodiversity Index Report 2021 shows diversity is the key to MedDiet survival in a world increasingly dominated by monocultures and provides recommendations.

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Dec. 15, 2021

Biodiversity Project Expands Beyond Spain

More than 750 Mediterranean olive farmers across four countries have applied to join the Olivares Vivos project, which succeeded in increasing biodiversity in Andalusian olive groves.

Oct. 27, 2021

Study: Agricultural Intensification Hurts Olive Grove Productivity

Researchers in Andalusia found that agricultural intensification hurt olive groves by eliminating the natural predators of pests and depleting soil quality.

Oct. 26, 2021

Biodiversity Takes Center Stage at COP15 Summit

More than 100 countries have agreed to act to preserve natural habitats and biodiversity. How they intend to do this remains to be seen.

Oct. 5, 2021

Ahead of Climate Summit, African Leaders Discuss Fate of The Continent

Africa Climate Week highlighted the role of agriculture in the continent’s worsening desertification and climate crises, and its role in the potential recovery.

Sep. 27, 2021

Expanding Agriculture and Climate Change are Placing the World’s Endemic Species at Risk

A conservation group has warned that one-third of the species on its “survival watchlist” are now at high risk of extinction.

Sep. 20, 2021

Most Agricultural Spending Does More Harm Than Good, UN Report Claims

Much of the $540 billion provided to the agriculture sector each year harms the environment, harms vulnerable populations and creates market inequalities.

Sep. 16, 2021

Nearly One-Third of Wild Tree Species Are Threatened with Extinction, Report Warns

Over the past 300 years, the forested areas on our planet have shrunk by 40 percent, researchers found.

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Jun. 29, 2017

6th 'Extrascape' Recognizes Outstanding Olive Oil Landscapes

The 6th edition of the competition for the best extra virgin olive oil landscapes, Extrascape 2017, concluded a two-day event that included several speeches by experts in the field.

May. 23, 2017

For Spain's 'La Olivilla,' Winning Top Award, Restoring Nature Go Hand in Hand

Just five years ago, a group of neighboring farmers in Sierra de Cazorla, Spain decided to work together and produce high-quality olive oil with respect for the environment. Last month, their Dehesa de la Sabina earned the industry's top award.

Feb. 20, 2017

Vatican Conference Examines a Renaissance of the Mediterranean Diet in the 21st Century

Experts met on February 14 at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican City to launch a debate on food values and the role and significance of the Mediterranean diet.

Jan. 20, 2017

Project in Greece Converts Olive Cultivation Into a Climate Management Tool

For four years, the oLIVE CLIMA Project in Greece has tackled challenges posed by climate change in the Mediterranean by introducing innovative techniques to convert olive cultivation into a climate management tool.

Jan. 5, 2017

Colinas de Garzón: Uruguay's Crown Jewel of EVOO

Colinas de Garzón is one of Uruguay's premier olive oil and wine producers, as well as a popular destination for tourists.

Nov. 18, 2016

Sustainable Olive Oil Production Helps Mitigate Climate Change

The International Olive Council attended the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) to present research on sustainable olive oil production.

Oct. 5, 2016

Award-Winning Olive Oil Producer Thinks Weed Control Is for the Birds

A young Spanish olive oil producer has decided to try using geese as weeders in his family´s olive groves. By doing so he not only hopes to keep down undergrowth, he also strives to promote the survival of an endangered Spanish goose.

Jun. 22, 2016

Farmer Produces EVOO from Rescued and Newly Discovered Olive Varieties

La Zadruga is a farm on the west bank of Lake Garda which produces high-quality EVOO from rare, rescued and newly discovered varieties.

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