Archive for the 'Ecology | Environment' Category

04 Jan

Olive-press owners allege lack of government support

By Maher Zeineddine, As olive presses in the mountainous Chouf region witness excessive activity with the fruit’s harvest season coming to an end and weather conditions getting worse, press owners are criticizing the government’s failure to set up marketing plans for their products. Every year from early November until late January, farmers throughout Lebanon engage […]

17 Dec

Santo Stefano inaugurates an ecological olives’ press

How can olives produce “green” electric power?? Lucchi and Guastalli, an olive oil producing firm of Santo Stefano di Magra, in Liguria’s eastern province has recently inaugurated a new kind of olive-pressing machine, which could herald a real technological revolution in the arch-shaped Italian region, noted to be the major olive-producer of Northern Italy. The […]

17 Dec

Antibacterial olives don’t ferment

by Jon Evans, By using a combination of liquid chromatography (LC), mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, Spanish food scientists have managed to uncover several novel antibacterial compounds in table olives. This work should not only help to highlight the health benefits of eating olives, but also lead to a better understanding […]

06 Dec

Adopting an Olive Tree helps to protect the environment

After Nudo, an organic farm in the green hills of Umbria, Italy, proposes an unusual gift idea for Christmas: Adoption of an olive tree, a present that will help to preserve nature. The olive tree is one of the oldest cultivated plants of humanity. Since antique times it is a symbol for peace, longevity, health […]

07 Nov

Forest Fires Destroy Woodlands, Olive Groves In Lebanon

Fires have destroyed dozens of hectares of woodlands across Lebanon, just weeks after earlier forest fires devastated mountainous parts of the country, an army spokesman said Wednesday. “A total of 1,542 dunums (154 hectares) were destroyed on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, in addition to the 807 dunums (81 hectares) burnt on Monday,” the spokesman told […]