pesticides

Oct. 23, 2023

The Olive Fruit Fly: A Persistent Pest in a Changing Climate

The olive fruit fly constantly threatens crop yields, olive oil quality and farmers' livelihoods.

Jul. 19, 2023

Researchers in California Test New Solutions for Olive Fruit Fly

Researchers at the University of California are testing a range of insecticide products for efficacy in controlling olive fruit flies.

Jul. 25, 2022

Europe Reconsiders Pesticide Ban as Global Food Crisis Looms

The Commission had proposed an ambitious plan to cut pesticide use in half by 2020. Nearly half of E.U. member states oppose the move.

May. 9, 2022

As Pesticide Bans Loom, Croatian Agronomists Advise Other Methods to Stop the Olive Fly

The use of several popular pesticides will be prohibited in Croatia after the 2022 harvest. Instead, traps, mineral treatments and other agents can help protect olive trees.

Apr. 6, 2022

Researchers Unveil the Latest Technologies to Help Harvest and Produce Olive Oil

Spanish researchers have worked to develop new technologies in response to what some of the industry's largest stakeholders said they needed most.

Nov. 30, 2021

Even a Non-Organic Mediterranean Diet Better Than Western, Oldways Says

Research about the impact of eating non-organic food led many to report that a Mediterranean diet may not always be healthier than a Western one. Some experts disagree.

Aug. 24, 2021

Glyphosate Controversy Continues as New Report Concludes Herbicide Is Not Carcinogenic

Health campaigners are outraged with the EFSA’s conclusion, accusing the food safety authority of bending to pressure from industry.

Aug. 2, 2021

Italian Producers Unlikely to Get Dimethoate Extension Ahead of Harvest

With few viable alternatives, farmers will have to find new ways to cope with the olive fruity fly this year.

Jul. 30, 2021

Grant Provides Funds for Researching Xylella Fastidiosa Biopesticides

The European Commission awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant to the University of Jaén to research new methods to curb the spread of the deadly olive pathogen.

Apr. 29, 2021

Olives Among Foods with Lowest Level of Pesticide Residues in Europe, Study Finds

A report by the European Food Safety Agency shows contaminant levels on olives among the lowest of all foods available to consumers.

Sep. 22, 2020

Olive Flies in Spain Are Immune to Common Pesticide, Study Finds

Roughly 80 percent of olive fruit fly populations on the mainland have genes that confer resistance to one of the most popular pesticides.

Jul. 21, 2020

Farmers Warn Pesticide Ban Jeopardizes Italy's Olive Oil Production

While the prohibition on dimethoate-based pesticides was delayed until October, farmers and their supporters argue that no alternative treatments are available in time for the 2020 harvest.

Apr. 8, 2020

Pesticide Levels in Olive Oil Continue to Decline

According to the European Food Safety Authority, only 19 of 3,167 olive oil samples exceeded established pesticide residue levels.

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Feb. 29, 2012

Egyptian Producer Sees More Demand for Pesticide-Free Olive Oil

Giza-based executive manager Khalil Nasrallah says the company receives far more inquiries about its pesticide-free than its certified organic ones.

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