25 Aug

Olive oil consumption leading to ‘serious environmental problem’

Growing demand for olive oil is leading to concerns over drought in parts of Europe, a report warns. By Chris Irvine, Parts of Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal are turning into deserts and suffering water shortages because of the intense olive farming that has developed in the area, according to The Ecologist magazine. The magazine […]

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 […]

12 Aug

California olive crop shrinks

The 2008 California olive crop forecast is 65,000 tons, down 49 percent from last year’s crop of 132,500 tons, according to a report Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Bearing acreage is estimated at 31,000 for a yield of 2.1 tons per acre, less than half of last year’s yield […]

12 Aug

Sri Lanka to grow olives for export

An experiment to grow olive trees in Sri Lsrianka is to be launched as a Board of Investment (BOI) approved project with the objective of exporting olive oil. An agreement to this effect was singed between the BOI and the Broucke Eco Enterprises Australia last week. This project will experiment with growing olive trees imported […]

08 Aug

Australia: Here’s the good oil on olives

By Mark Logan, The Mediterranean diet, which includes copious amounts of olive oil, is well known for its health benefits but that is not why retired physician John Milla, and his wife Lorraine, took to planting olive trees at Abilene Grove 13 years ago. An avid tree planter, Mr Milla was initially interested in the […]