sustainability

Oct. 15, 2020

Bans on Night Harvesting Have Alleviated Threat to Migratory Birds

The head of conservation for BirdLife Europe applauded prohibitions on nighttime intensive olive harvesting in Spain and Portugal.

Oct. 1, 2020

Portugal Invests in Exports, Promotes Mediterranean Diet

Portugal’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced Terra Futura, a wide ranging plan to promote sustainability while boosting the country’s agricultural production and exports.

Sep. 8, 2020

Reforming Food Systems Crucial in Fight Against Climate Change, Report Finds

In the fight to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 ºC (3.6 ºF) above pre-industrial levels, policy makers will need to focus on adapting their food systems to be more plant-based and sustainable, according to the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund.

Sep. 1, 2020

Scientists Want a 'Climate Label' Added to Europe's Nuti-Score

The influential scientific advisory board, WBAE, has asked the German government to do more for sustainability by introducing specific labels on products based on their carbon footprint.

Aug. 17, 2020

Researchers Test New Olive Varieties to Improve Sustainability

A team in Andalusia is testing a hedge cultivation system that could be more profitable for growers and sustainable for the environment.

Jul. 29, 2020

Local Production and Sustainability Highlight Terra Madre 2020

Over the course of six months, farmers, scientists and other stakeholders in the global agri-food business will propose and debate solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing issues surrounding sustainability and climate change.

Jun. 30, 2020

Proposed Bill Gives U.S. Agricultural Sector Easier Access to Emissions Trading

Newly proposed legislation in the United States seeks to create additional sources of revenue for the agricultural sector while helping to cut down on greenhouse gases.

Jun. 24, 2020

Spain Bets on Biorefineries to Find New Revenue for Small Producers

Olive oil producers and researchers are working to bring biorefineries to rural producers in Andalusia. The goal is to supplement revenues while making mills more sustainable.

Jun. 1, 2020

Europe Reveals 'Farm to Fork' Strategy for Food Sustainability

The strategy aims to promote sustainable food and environmentally-friendly production practices. Critics say more must be done to reduce the production of industrial animal meat products.

May. 7, 2020

Researchers Develop Compostable Plastic Packaging From Olive Waste

Spanish researchers have produced a biodegradable and compostable plastic from olive-pit waste to be used in packaging products.

May. 7, 2020

Experts: Sustainable Farming Will Play Key Role in Post-Pandemic World

The population's priorities will shift in a post-coronavirus world, demanding ethical and sustainable production from farmers and distributors in the years ahead.

Apr. 24, 2020

EU Introduces Standards for Use of Reclaimed Water for Irrigation

New measures aim to promote the reuse of city wastewater for the irrigation of farmland.

Feb. 3, 2020

Conference to Focus on Role of Religion in Combating Climate Change

Hosted by the Lutheran World Federation, the meeting will focus on managing religious differences in the interests of supporting sustainability and climate change.

Mar. 15, 2019

60 Years in, Olive Council Looks at Challenges Ahead

As part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the IOC, Executive Director Abdellatif Ghedira spoke exclusively with Olive Oil Times on the challenges facing the sector.

Feb. 27, 2019

Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics Created From Olive Seeds

The idea to create olive-based plastics was sparked when Duygu Yilmaz decided to research whether her father's habit of eating olive seeds was detrimental to his health.

Feb. 14, 2019

UN, EBRD Approve More Support for Tunisia's Olive Sector

The EBRD and FAO are set to continue their support for Tunisia's olive farmers by adding value to Tunisian oil and making cultivation of the crop more sustainable.

Oct. 31, 2018

La Rioja Preserves Its Olive Heritage to Improve Production

The Government of La Rioja is engaged in a multi-year effort that pursues the recuperation and preservation of indigenous olive varieties in an effort to develop unique olive oils.

Oct. 16, 2018

Study in Spain Confirms Olive Tree as Strategic Crop to Recover Biodiversity

Olive groves have lost a lot of their biodiversity, but according to new findings of a study in Andalusia, there still are opportunities for recovery.

Jul. 9, 2018

New Torrefaction Process Reduces Transportation Costs for Biomass

Researchers at Fraunhofer IGB developed an improved torrefaction process to make use of olive biomass.

Jul. 9, 2018

Biodynamic Farming: Somewhere Between Science and Faith

Olive groves at the award-winning farm Marina Palusci are managed in accordance with biodynamics, a much-debated but often successful method.

Jun. 19, 2018

Olive Farm Helps Save Rhinos

South African olive oil producer Rio Largo Olive Estate has designed two labels to fund endangered rhinos.

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