23 de April de 2019

Olive oil is good for your health – and the planet’s

Deoleo underscores scientific studies showing how olive cultivation benefits the environment


MADRID, April 22, 2019 – Among all the merits attributed to olive oil, perhaps its least known quality is arguably one of the most important ones. Studies conducted amid rising concern over climate change are showing that olive oil is a boon to the environment as they actually improve the soil and serve as a shield against desertification and erosion.

The Representatives of the International Olive Council (IOC) have recently presented the results of scientific studies on the oil-producing industry’s environmental impact and indications thus far have been extremely positive.

The assessments suggest that a single hectare of green, beautiful olive trees cancels out one individual’s carbon footprint for an entire year. And, in a dramatic illustration of the benefits derived from the industry, it’s estimated that worldwide production of olive oil could absorb the carbon dioxide emissions of a city of more than 7 million inhabitants. Imagine the olive groves around the globe breathing in and capturing all the CO2 pollution emanating from a city the size of Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Madrid!

The IOC was able to present the UN with a report affirming that olive oil production as a whole was giving back to the ecosystem more than it was taking. “The carbon sink effect (or carbon sequestration) from olive trees in the biomass and soil is much higher than the greenhouse-gas emissions from the production of one unit (one liter of virgin olive oil or extra virgin olive oil),” the report said.

Spain, one of the leading members of the IOC, and Deoleo are proud that the production of its award-winning brands like Bertolli, Carapelli and Carbonell does so much good for the planet. We care about our customers’ health and wellbeing in more ways than one.

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