Daily Archives: July 7, 2014

  • Turkish olive producers against bill allowing build energy facilities in groves

    The new bill also states that olive groves smaller than 2.5 hectares will not be considered as such, while producers say that the average size of an olive field in Turkey is 1 hectare.

    Turkish olive producers have launched petitions against a legislation that if approved will allow for energy firms to invest in their groves.

    According to the draft bill recently submitted to Parliament, the law will permit private investors to build energy facilities, including plants that run on fossil fuels, military defense facilities and any form of construction in centuries-old olive groves.

    Producers condemn the law, stating that it is a “death sentence” for the olive groves, which are an important source of income for olive producers in western Turkey.

    The current regulation only allows for the construction of renewable energy facilities that are more than three kilometers from the olive groves.

    The new bill also states that olive groves smaller than 2.5 hectares will not be considered as such, while producers say that the average size of an olive field in Turkey is 0.1 hectare.

    “This means that the olive groves will be turned into parcels of land. In EU countries, which provide up to 70 percent of global olive production, any field over 1 hectare is considered an olive grove,” said the petition prepared by the olive producers.

    Producer Murat Narin also stressed that such a law will be contrary to the Turkish Constitution and many international conventions.

    The head of the Turkish of Agricultural Chambers (TZOB), Şemsi Bayraktar, has stressed that the law will negatively affect the Turkish economy and the environment in these areas.

    “The yield of the soil in the olive groves where such energy investments will be carried out will not only diminish the quality of the soil, the area will also be more prone to erosion. If we consider that at least one century is needed for the formation of one centimeter of soil, it will be inevitable that the law will cause irreparable damage,” Bayraktar said.

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  • Lakonía Greek Olive Oil Products at Arts in the Park!

    lakonia_greek_productsThe History of Lakonía Greek Olive Oil Products

    The story of our company originates in the region of Lakonía, which lies at the southeast end of the Peloponnese peninsula. Lakonía’s warm rocky hillsides along the Aegean Sea provide optimal conditions for growing olive trees. Home to the ancient Spartans, olive cultivation in this area can be traced back to 1500 BC, and has been a vital part of Greek culture as well as the Mediterranean diet.

    Daphne Contraros Rioux, Founder
    Our story begins centuries later. Daphne Contraros Rioux, founder of Lakonía Greek Products, grew up in a small agricultural village of Stefania. Although Daphne has lived most of her life in the U.S., she rediscovered her roots in the late 1980’s while visiting relatives in her homeland. It was then that Daphne encountered Lakonía’s exceptional olive oil, and became intrigued with its high quality and smooth, rich taste. She realized that this locally produced oil was far superior to any available in the U.S. In 1998, Daphne acquired a parcel of land covered with olive trees located on the outskirts of a small fisherman’s village called Gythio. Her first harvests produced a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and Kalamata olives that she shared with family and friends. With time, demand grew and soon Daphne acquired additional land and planted many more olive trees.

    In 2006, Daphne began selling her products at the local farmers’ market in Saco, Maine. In 2007, her daughter Melissa graduated from college, and was given the opportunity to start the business. Since then, she has dedicated herself to growing the family business. We now proudly offer our selection of Lakonia’s finest from our family to yours.

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