Liquid gold, olive oil, accounts for 70 percent of production in the European Union and 45 percent worldwide. It is a pillar for the Spanish economy. An essential element in the Mediterranean diet that is part of the history and culture of our country. According to the NGO ‘Apadrina un Olivo’, its quality is being threatened by the lack of national laws that regulate and protect traditional olive groves. Only the Autonomous Community of Catalonia acts in its care.
For all this, from this Apadrinaunolivo.org they demand a national law that regulates the protection of the centenary olive grove as natural heritage and prevents its destruction due to incessant logging and abandonment.
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Claiming and supporting traditional farming models is key. Thanks to them we have a quality and unique oil. They also generate employment and stability in rural areas. Currently, they are threatened by new forms of exploitation such as intensive and super-intensive irrigation and indiscriminate felling to turn them into ornamental elements.
According to a report by LIFE Olivares Vivos, it is estimated that continuing to maintain these crops would contribute to the recovery of populations of birds, ants, bees and plants by up to 35 percent.
Aragonese olive groves are in danger
Empeltre grows only in Aragon and the Balearic Islands, a variety with more than 500 years of history that provides fruity and almond flavors. The Phoenicians already began the domestication of olive groves in Aragonese lands. Monuments of nature and landscapes that are part of culture and traditions. These trees contain the liquid gold of Spain, offering different varieties that are threatened by their indiscriminate felling and low profitability.
From this NGO they ask for help with the collection of 500,000 signatures and get a legislative initiative.
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