Afidol, the Interprofessional Association of Olives for France, is encouraging French olive oil producers to convert to organic.
France has eight appellations in the sunny Provence Alpes -Côtes d’Azur region but only 12 percent of olive farms have converted to organic farming.
Afidol says more olive oil producers should convert to organic farming and carry the coveted AB logo (Agriculture Biologique) for organic products on their labels.
At SETEVI, the International Exhibition for vine-wine, fruit- vegetable and olive oil sectors held in Montpellier November 28, Afidol Director Christian Argenson admitted that producing olive oil in France is expensive – 10 euros per liter against 2 euros in Spain.
At the fourth conference organized by Afidol in conjunction with the Centre Technique de l’Olivier, (CTO) specialists covered a range of topics relating to organic olive oil production and marketing. It allowed amateurs, professionals and growers to discuss and share their experiences and innovations.
In his presentation Argenson said that although France had less sun and less heat than their southern neighbors this could be an advantage for the French. French olives are less likely to be attacked by the olive fly, he reasoned, and the results would be oils with more expression and intensity. Read more at olive oil times