Daily Archives: April 25, 2014

  • Scripps College Olive Oil Project - a vital message about utilizing natural resources to enrich education

    For the second year in a row, the Scripps College Olive Oil won an award from the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, beating an impressive field of entries from such countries as France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Slovenia, and Spain.

    Judges recently awarded the College’s olive oil a Silver Medal in the “delicate” category, which included 561 entries from 306 producers throughout the northern hemisphere.

    “We were thrilled to learn that our olive oil is a medal winner again this year,” says Claire Bridge ’82, a member of the campus’ President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, which helped organize a fall harvest so that the community would gather the olives. “Scripps is one of only a handful of educational institutions that produce olive oil. Our harvest truly builds community when we gather to pick the olives.”

    Scripps harvested its olive trees last November as part of a sustainability movement, sparked by a popular course, “The Politics and Culture of Food,” taught by professor Nancy Neiman Auerbach. The trees are a much-loved fixture on the campus. Once slated for removal due to construction, the olive trees were saved when students organized protests in the late 1960s. They were temporarily removed, boxed, and replanted in their original location.

    “This is not just a sustainability initiative. It is also a community engagement project that brings very different people together, and it was purposely designed to unite our community. The women who oversaw this effort had the vision to keep that in mind,” says Sara Estevez Cores ’13, the College’s first sustainable entrepreneurship coordinator fellow, a position that was created from sales of last year’s olive oil.

    In addition, Director of Grounds Lola Trafecanty and her crew were instrumental in making sure the fall harvest would run smoothly, Estevez Cores says.

    Last year, the Scripps olive oil earned a “Best of Show” award in the domestic, delicate category. Limited quantities are still available. Please click here to purchase a bottle of the award-winning olive oil.

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    OliveOilMarket’s remark: Scripps College Olive Oil Project is a good example to follow

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    For the second year in a row, the Scripps College Olive Oil won an award from the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, beating an impressive field of entries from such countries as France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Slovenia, and Spain. Judges recently... 
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  • World’s Best Olive Oils Announced in New York

    In front of a packed house at the International Culinary Center Theater in New York City, Curtis Cord, president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition, flanked by his judging panel, recognized the best olive oil producers in the world at a crowded press conference.

    Amid an atmosphere electric with palpable excitement and nervous anticipation, an audience of olive oil producers, marketers, food industry professionals and press, along with viewers worldwide tuning into the live-streamed broadcast, listened attentively as Cord detailed the specifics of the competition. The minutes and seconds until the results were to be announced ticked away on a countdown clock on the theater screen.

    The Best Olive Oils in the World for 2014

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    In front of a packed house at the International Culinary Center Theater in New York City, Curtis Cord, president of the New York International Olive Oil Competition, flanked by his judging panel, recognized the best olive oil producers in the world at a crowded press conference. Amid... 
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  • World seeks produce from Greece

    Honey from Greece is considered a worthy wedding present in Japan. Elsewhere in Asia, gifts of Greek melons are wrapped up in packaging normally associated with jewelry. This country’s fish feature on the menus of the world’s leading restaurants, while it is not unusual to find Greek olive oil rubbing shoulders with expensive cosmetics at stores in the most developed countries.

    This data from the Panhellenic Exporters Federation (PSE) is indicative of the comparative advantages that a number of local agricultural products have in the global market. Greece’s agricultural food industry is continuing to expand its international market share and, according to a PSE survey, almost 30 percent of the new enterprises that start looking beyond the country’s borders work with rural products.

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    Honey from Greece is considered a worthy wedding present in Japan. Elsewhere in Asia, gifts of Greek melons are wrapped up in packaging normally associated with jewelry. This country’s fish feature on the menus of the world’s leading restaurants, while it is not unusual to... 
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