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Slow Food’s Extra Virgin Guide 2023 presented: a compass for olive growing that defends the environment, biodiversity and culture

Liguria, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Calabria, Campania, Sicily and Marche win prizes and special mentions

17, Apr 2023

«To protect and promote quality Italian olive growing, a heritage of cultivars, landscapes and Mediterranean culture that defends the environment and biodiversity. With this objective 24 years ago, we published the first edition of the Slow Food Extra Virgin Olive Oil Guide, an indispensable tool to make consumers aware of their choices that proves even more useful today, when the sector is experiencing a moment of extreme suffering, due to the climate crisis and industrialisation processes that privilege low-price quantities and low quality» said Federico Varazi, vice-president of Slow Food Italy at the presentation of the 24th edition of the guide published by Slow Food Editore. «In addition to the Guide, Slow Food has already set up a protection project in 2015, recently renewed in its name and objectives: the heart of the Presidium of the Secular Olives is in fact the safeguard of these olive trees and the work of olive growers who take care of native cultivars with the utmost respect for their territory, managing them without synthetic fertilisers and chemical weed killers».

Also confirming the sector's difficulties is the 2022 olive crop year: the climate crisis is here and now. «A shortage of rain, high temperatures and an upsurge of the olive fly have led to a 37% drop in Italian production» said Francesca Baldereschi, editor of the Extra Virgin Guide. «An observatory of the national production heritage, the guide allows us to highlight the most positive and fascinating aspects of Italian olive growing, such as the presence of young producers, bearers of a renewed ecological conscience, and the constant increase in organic farms. And then the passion for the infinite range of monovarietals, with which producers educate and attract consumers who are more attentive to diversity, trying to wrest them away from the idea of a standardised and globalised product, usually at a low price».

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