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Four myths about olive oil debunked

Olive oil is truly, a gift from God. Considering the numerous health benefits it offers, olive oil is like the gold standard when it comes to edible oils, reported IANS. It helps with cardiac health, regulates sugar levels and provides nutrients and antioxidants essential for everyone
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New clashes in Puglia as 42 olive trees are moved for pipeline

Last week Puglia once again became the scene of clashes between police and protesters, as environmentalists tried to prevent the removal of the last 42 of 200 ancient olive trees, standing in the way of the controversial Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
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MUFAs may fight rheumatoid arthritis

A Japanese study published earlier this year sought to find out which part of the Mediterranean diet helps alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The study, published in Clinical Nutrition, found that the key lies in monounsaturated fatty acids like those found in olive oil, sesa
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Entries now open for 2017 Australian International Olive Awards

Entries are now open for the inaugural Australian International Olive Awards, Australia’s first and only global olive competition. Replacing the Australian National Olive Competition, the AOA’s annual competition this year becomes an international event, including oil and
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Olive Oil Sensory Master Course

An Olive Oil Sensory Master Course is being held in Geelong on 10-11 November 2017, run by the IRTA and Modern Olives. The course has been designed to: learn more about negative and positive attributes, focussing on both identification and intensity scoring; gain a better understandin
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Vale Michael Cooper OBE

The New Zealand olive fraternity has been saddened by the recent passing of industry stalwart Mike Cooper. Mike retired from an academic career at Otago University to take up the ‘good life’ in Martinborough with his wife Joy, producing medal-winning EVOO under the Molive Gold label.
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NZ EVOO Awards judging panel update

There’s been a change to the judging panel for the 2017 NZ EVOO Awards, with Dr Lorenzo Cerretani from Italy joining the panel as International Guest Judge. The balance of the panel is Head Judge Dr Giuseppe Di Lecce (Italy), Margi Kirkby (Australia), Charlotte Connoley and Hilary Fen
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Sunless season dries up olive oil production

New Zealand’s olive oil producers have had a tough production season. Harvesting is just ending, and for some growers their fruit volume and oil production is less than half last year’s. Andrew Priddle is a Wairarapa olive grower and harvester and said there has been a lac
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Need pickers or pruners? Join the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

The Australian Government is undertaking the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial from 1 July 2017 to help address the seasonal labour demands of horticultural growers. The two-year trial aims to encourage people to take up short term seasonal work opportunities in the horticultural industr
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