natural disasters

European Commission Publishes Xylella Fastidiosa Factsheet

The document points out that Xylella fastidiosa is one of the world’s deadliest plant bacteria and the only confirmed outbreak in the EU is in Apulia.

As California Grapples with Water Shortage, Olive Oil Producers See an ‘Up Year’

Despite a wrenching drought and a widening debate over California's water supply, forecasts for the 2015 olive harvest are surprisingly upbeat.
Special Report

Drought Rages On in California

While golf courses and cemetery lawns go brown and cars get dirty, no cutbacks were imposed on the huge agriculture industry.

Olive Tree Felling Starts in Apulia Amid Protests

The destruction of the trees follows a controversial proposal to cut down 11 million olive trees to contain the spread of the deadly bacterium.
Olive Oil Times Special

Lack of Consensus on EU Measures to Stop Outbreak in Salento

Experts from the 28 EU member states in failed to reach a consensus on the measures to contain the spread of the bacterium.

What Will Save Salento’s Olive Trees?

Is uprooting the only option to save Apulia's olive groves? In Italy, there's a growing outcry against proposed measures to stem a deadly bacteria.
Special Report

Europe Proposes Cutting Down Millions of Olive Trees in Italy to Fight Outbreak

The proposed measures would include eradication, buffer zones and a strict limit on the movement of young trees.

Food Safety Authority Warns Bacteria Threatens Olive Trees Across Europe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) warns that Xylella Fastidiosa could spread from Apulia to olive groves across Europe.