18 Aug

Century-old olive trees saved by young businessman

Sedat Kirt, Shocked by the destruction of a forest of ancient olive trees amid the environmental degradation of a coal mine, a young businessman from Datça has initiated an extraordinary eco-project. Building engineer Timur Kabaklarlı, 32, now owns 1,500 olive trees after seeing the centuries-old trees being cut for coal mining. During a business trip […]

17 Aug

Create energy by burning olive pits

by Jennifer Wadsworth, A local olive cannery with help from a private inventor has found a way to simultaneously create energy and recycle salty sewer water — by burning olive pits. Heat from burned pits boils blackened sewage into steam that spins a 104-year-old engine outside Musco Family Olive Co., a plant on the southern […]

03 May

Cyprus: Allergy epidemic from fruitful olive trees

By Leo Leonidou, One in three children in Cyprus and the EU suffer from some form of allergy, with the condition rife at this time of year on the island due to an increase in olive pollen. “Olive trees are this year producing more blossom, meaning pollen levels are higher than in the previous few […]

16 Mar

Australia’s Heatwave shrivels olive crop

As South Australia endures the 15th day of its heatwave, Eyre Peninsula olive growers are battling in the lead up to next month’s harvest. At Lincoln Olive View Estate, production is expected to drop by as much as 10,000 tonnes, with some trees bearing just a few kilos of olives. Grower Kevin Burner says he […]

08 Mar

UK: Olive groves could be new crop

Climate change could lead to more crops of olives and sunflowers being grown in Dorset, delegates at an environmental forum heard. Around 60 people, including farmers, politicians and environmentalists, attended a meeting on climate and landscape change at Kingston Maurward College organised by Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) branch. Environmental workshops followed keynote […]