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Apr. 1, 2020

In Italy, Abandoned Olive Groves Find New Life

Thousands of olive trees in abandoned fields are going to find a new life thanks to an association in central Italy.

Mar. 10, 2020

Native Andalusian Olive Varieties Could Be Wiped Out by 2100, Researchers Warn

Six of seven varieties studied are expected to have less land suitable for their cultivation. Picual is the exception.

Feb. 7, 2020

Italy's Olive Oil Competitiveness Hindered by Aging Groves

With higher costs and lower yields than modern olive oil farms, quality alone may not be enough to protect Italy's smaller producers in a fast-changing international market.

Jan. 2, 2020

Portugal May Be the Third-largest Olive Oil Producer by 2030

Investments in high-density groves and modern mills are driving Portugal's rise among olive oil producers.

Nov. 5, 2019

Organic Olive Groves Flourish in Spain

In 2018, the surface area of organic olive groves increased by three percent in Spain. A country-wide push toward sustainability and better profit margins on organic oils are among the contributing factors.

Oct. 17, 2019

The World's Commercial Olive Groves Are Shrinking

The shift to super-intensive cultivation, low prices for olives and olive oil, and the surplus on the international market were identified as factors that led to the reversal of a decades-long trend.

Apr. 2, 2019

In Slovenia, Hard Work and Keeping it Simple

Franc Morgan planted his first trees thirty years ago on his farm in Grintovec. Going organic was the plan from the beginning and he became one of the first organic olive oil producers in Slovenia.

Aug. 8, 2018

'Heroic' Olive Cultivation in Italy Still a Struggle, but Fighting Back

Responsible for some of Italy's most characteristic olive oils and landscapes, moves are afoot to promote awareness of the country's heroic olive cultivation.

Aug. 1, 2018

Hillside Groves Between Assisi and Spoleto Get Heritage Status

The territory including the olive groves of the slopes between Assisi and Spoleto was designed as the first Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System in Italy.

Jul. 23, 2018

Harvesting by Hand Leads to Lower Levels of Oxidation, Study Finds

Researchers found that olives harvested by hand and processed with the first 36 hours had lower levels of oxidation.

Jul. 19, 2018

2nd Olive Picking Championship Set for October

Teams from around the world will compete in the 2nd World Championship in Olive Picking on the Croatian island of Brač.

Feb. 27, 2018

Tunisia: Window on a Traditional Olive World

There are scant funds to assist Tunisia's rural farmers' transition to a more efficient, high-quality production. Some locals say that's just fine with them, while others look to a more prosperous future,

Feb. 12, 2018

In Defense of 'Black Fruity'

The French association Afidol shed light on the misinterpreted taste of "black fruity" oil and the controversy behind the ancestral tradition of controlled fermentation.

Jan. 31, 2013

Harvest at a Tuscan Oliveto

My father has been traveling to Italy to spend a week picking Olives in the Tuscan hilltops at an Oliveto run by a childhood friend of his.

May. 1, 2012

A New Harvester for Traditional Olive Groves

The prototype of what is hoped to be an affordable and efficient harvester for Spain’s traditional olive farms has been developed by researchers at the University of Córdoba.

Feb. 21, 2012

Innovative Study Analyzes Soil Loss in Andalusian Olive Groves

A joint study has analyzed soil loss in some olive groves in Granada planted 250 years ago in sloping areas

Apr. 17, 2011

Lack of Farm Workers in Argentina Weakens Vulnerable Olive Oil Industry

Cultivation in Cuyo is expected to grow 40 percent, but half of this green gold will never make it to store shelves. There are simply not enough workers to harvest the olives.

Apr. 4, 2011

Andalusia Conference on the Future of Traditional Olive Oil Production

Representatives from Spain’s Ministry of Rural and Marine Environment (MARM) met in Jaén this week to discuss the many challenges facing the country’s traditional olive oil industry.

Jan. 17, 2011

Boost for Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oil

Canaan Fair Trade connects Palestinian producers with food lovers and socially and environmentally responsible communities around the world, said its founder Nasser Abufarha.

Dec. 12, 2010

The Rebirth of Corsican Olive Oil

Thanks to the growing appreciation of quality olive oil, Corsicans are again managing their orchards with pride and developing their olive oil with passion.

Nov. 15, 2010

Trás-os-Montes Producers Focus on Quality

The Trasmontanos are said to be daring and hardworking. Whether an accurate stereotype or not, something keeps propelling this region into the international spotlight for premium olive oil.

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