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Several hundred years ago olive oil provided light for lamps, and the golden essence to anoint the brave, wise and rich and embalm the dead. Though it is thought to reduce cholesterol levels and deter heart disease, olive oilÕs uses are not just culinary; it also makes a good hair tonic. Production is booming, with Spain taking the lead, and the squeeze is on to reduce chemical inputs to keep the land in good heart as well as the people.
ancient terraced olive grove supports far more animal species (insects,
reptiles, birds, bats, etc.) than a pine forest. However, people are
leaving mountain farms for work on the coast. The goats remain, grazing
and knocking down the terraces. What to do? One solution proposes focused
subsidies, managed locally, to sustain traditional crops and farming.
Buying traditional foods and natural products, seeking out quality and
taste, farm holidays: all can help conserve these fragile environments