Daily Archives: July 8, 2013

  • New York Eschews Blue Glasses in Favor of Plastic Cups

    New York International Olive Oil Competition president, Curtis Cord (center) and chief judge, Gino Celletti (right)

    In the spring of 2011, in San Martino Italy, a panel of judges were about halfway through assessing fifty extra virgin olive oils entered in a competition called “Estrascape,” which rates producers on the quality of their oils, as well as the sustainability of their farms…

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  • Greeks Seek Aid for Olive Crop ‘Disaster’

    Unfavorable weather conditions this year, including unusually high temperatures, are continuing to affect certain olive oil producing areas of Greece resulting in a significant drop in production. The country may soon look to the European Union to get through the crisis.

    Member of the European Parliament, representing the left-wing Syriza party of Greece, Nikos Chountis, opened a discussion on whether the current conservative New Democracy government is doing enough to help. He asked the European Commission, which is the executive body of the European Union, if the Greek government has approached them to ask for help in compensating olive oil producers that have been affected by the disaster and for advice on what can be done.

    “What other actions can be taken directly by the Greek government to give a boost to one of our most important economic exports?” asked Chountis during the parliament session.

    According to the Pan-Hellenic Confederation of Unions of Agricultural Co-operatives, other political leaders more localized to the agricultural disaster are speaking out. The mayor of Sitia in Crete, Theodore Paterakis, sent a letter to the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food requesting officials to demand help from the European Union. He wrote that special assistance can help producers directly affected in his region and enable them to continue on with their businesses to some capacity.

    “In certain areas Sitia producers found almost total destruction where damage to the olives ranged from 90-100 percent. What this means is that our olive oil producers will be left without income and won’t have a way to even contribute toward our country’s most important quality export product,” said Paterakis.

    High temperatures earlier in March and April are yielding little to no olive crops for thousands of Greek producers. The affected crops are located in various parts of Greece but also in areas where top quality olive oil is produced including Halkidi in Northern Greece, Peloponnese in Southern Greece, and the island of Crete, according to the Greek Agricultural Insurance Organization, ELGA. Representatives from ELGA say they continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

    Sources:

    AgroNews
    PASEGES: The Pan-Hellenic Confederation of Unions of Agricultural Co-operatives
    ELGA: Greek Agricultural Insurance Organization
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    Unfavorable weather conditions this year, including unusually high temperatures, are continuing to affect certain olive oil producing areas of Greece resulting in a significant drop in production. The country may soon look to the European Union to get through the crisis. Member... 
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  • Extra Virgin Cocktails

    Summer has finally come and few things are better than enjoying warm Italian nights sipping a well-made cocktail somewhere nice, possibly in the countryside where the air is cooler, surrounded by trees and flowers. But, would you ever consider adding a little olive oil to your Mojito or Frozen Daiquiri?

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  • Teatro Naturale

    Teatro Naturale is a weekly online magazine devoted to the rural world. Online since 2003, its mission is to voice people that lives in and on agriculture. Teatro Naturale (TN) is for that people that feel themselves not represented enough by the media. Nowadays, TN is the reference point for people that want to be informed on agricultural, alimentary and environmental facts. Moreover, it is addressed to that people that, besides agriculture, are interested in an invitation to reflection and to the rebirth of a free rural though, exempt by political or ideological memberships. So, TN is dedicated to all that people that thinks that the natural world should not only to defend itself, but should also to evolve and that the quality of agricultural products passes through the quality of people that work on it.

    Each Saturday, TN freely provides readings, visions and widening lectures about the countryside world and the agricultural products. All materials can be found directly online or through the newsletter everybody can subscribe to.

    TN is directed by the journalist and agronomist Alberto Grimelli. The magazine makes use of the cooperation of important journalists and of qualified co-workers, deriving from different universities and research centres.

    Starting from February 2nd 2009, following the success obtained by the weekly magazine “Teatro Naturale”, we created the monthly “Teatro Naturale International”, a new English-speaking editorial product, dedicated to an international audience. The monthly edition is conducted with the same spirit of the weekly (Italian) version, but proposes origin contents, as well. Through TN International, we’re trying to export and to diffuse our approach to the rural world, by now so successful in TN.

    Teatro Naturale and Teatro Naturale International are the creation of people that love and know from the inside the countryside and the agricultural world. Agriculture is the art to be able to wait, Riccardo Bacchelli said. The main point is seeding: something will grow up. Alberto Grimelli, together with all the co-workers, use such a clear belief to water the seed of Teatro Naturale.

    website: www.teatronaturale.com

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    Teatro Naturale is a weekly online magazine devoted to the rural world. Online since 2003, its mission is to voice people that lives in and on agriculture. Teatro Naturale (TN) is for that people that feel themselves not represented enough by the media. Nowadays, TN is the reference... 
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