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Australian Woman Pleads Guilty to Importing Plants Known to Carry Xylella

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 03:43
The chairwoman of the Australian Garlic Association pleaded guilty to ten charges after putting the agricultural sector at “great risk.”

Optimistic Forecasts for Harvest in Italy

Wed, 04/09/2019 - 22:38
Under the current conditions, the yield could exceed 315,000 tons -- lower than the average of the last decade, but still better than in recent years.

Extreme Weather Near Madrid Decimates Olive Harvest

Wed, 04/09/2019 - 22:20
A combination of rain, wind and hail has severely damaged 90 percent of olive trees just outside of Madrid. Small farmers have been hit the hardest.

Syrian Women Given the Chance to Learn New Skills From Italian Farmers

Wed, 04/09/2019 - 22:07
Seven small-scale Syrian farmers were given new hope for a better future as they learned new skills from farming communities in Piedmont and Liguria.

In Australia, Advocates Call for Improved Health Rating for Olive Oil

Tue, 03/09/2019 - 00:41
An independent report commissioned by the Australian government recommended that olive oil's health star rating should not be improved due to its saturated fat content. Opponents said the report misses the bigger health picture.

Portugal Anticipates Record Yield

Tue, 03/09/2019 - 00:25
A 40-percent increase in olive oil production is expected when harvesting begins in October. Total production is expected to reach 140,000 tons, up from 100,000 tons last year.

Climate Change Poses Threat to Global GDP, Study Finds

Fri, 30/08/2019 - 06:34
New data reveals that global GDP per capita will decrease by 7.22 percent by 2100 if average global temperatures continue to rise. For several olive-producing countries in the Mediterranean basin, the figure may be much higher.

EU Agriculture Commissioner Pledges Support for Spanish Olive Sector

Thu, 29/08/2019 - 22:16
Phil Hogan has promised to intervene in order to protect the interests of Spanish olive oil producers if prices do not rebound. Varied production forecasts and trade uncertainties make it unclear whether this will happen.

Phenolic Compound in EVOO May Be Beneficial for Parkinson’s Disease

Thu, 29/08/2019 - 05:18
A new study found that tyrosol delayed neurodegeneration and contributed to a longer lifespan in worms by reducing oxidative stress and inducing the expression of different protective genes.

Former PepsiCo Executive Named New CEO of California Olive Ranch

Thu, 29/08/2019 - 02:25
Michael Fox takes the reins from Gregg Kelley, who served as the company's CEO for 12 years and oversaw unprecedented growth in both the company and the sector.

Producers in California Expect a Return to Normal Yields This Season

Thu, 29/08/2019 - 01:00
The California Olive Oil Council estimates that olive oil production will reach about 4.0 million gallons this year, a 135-percent increase compared with last year's dismal harvest.

Rediscovering Ancient Varieties to Meet Today’s Challenges

Tue, 27/08/2019 - 22:37
Recovered ancient olive cultivars seem to provide a good answer to today's challenges such as those posed by climate change, extreme temperatures and pests.

U.S. Lawmakers Warn Against Trump Tariffs on E.U. Olive Oil

Tue, 27/08/2019 - 05:49
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has come together to warn that tariffs on European Union olive oil imports will lead to higher prices and could cause olive oil shortages.

In Rajasthan, Plans to Introduce Wine Made From Olive Leaves

Mon, 26/08/2019 - 23:42
Indian olive entrepreneurs plan to produce what may be the world's first olive wine in Rajasthan.

Studies Show Progress in Changing the Minds of Climate Skeptics

Mon, 26/08/2019 - 22:56
Reminding climate skeptics that they believe in basic scientific principles might prompt them to accept that climate change is real, a new study from the American Psychological Association suggests.

Following a MedDiet with EVOO Lowers Need for Medications in Diabetics

Mon, 26/08/2019 - 22:43
A major clinical study found that participants who followed a Mediterranean diet in which the main source of fat was extra virgin olive oil reduced the need to begin using diabetes medications by more than 20 percent compared with participants following a low-fat diet.

Amazon Wildfires Threaten the EU – Mercosur Trade Deal

Mon, 26/08/2019 - 22:31
Fearing environmental destruction in the Amazonia due to the thousands of fires, European countries are asking for guarantees from Brazil that the fires will be dealt with before concluding the pact.

Ready to Try the Nordic Diet? Nutritionists Suggest One Important Tweak.

Sat, 24/08/2019 - 00:15
The Nordic diet emphasizes eating whole grains, in-season fruits and vegetables, and fish. Adding olive oil can make the diet more flavorful and replace canola oil as the traditional cooking fat.

Men’s Sexual Health May Benefit From Daily Nut Consumption and MedDiet

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 02:16
A recent study suggests that daily nut consumption can positively affect men's sexual health. Men in this study supplemented a Western-style diet with two handfuls of nuts daily.

Syrian Olive Oil Production Set for Large Increase

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 22:12
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, olive oil production in Syria is set to increase by 50 percent, in part due to better climatic conditions and a return of some stability to the war-torn nation.