Types of Olive Oil-About Organic Olive Growing

Today, in the way we organize or accept our lives, we can distinguish between conventional and organic olive oils.

Conventional olive oils come from farming using modern methods like: pesticides, fertilizers, chemical insect protection etc. They can widely range in a scale between somewhat good to superb qualities. However, PDO (protected designation of origin), PGI (protected geographical indication) and certainly IMS (integrated management system) conventional olive oils are considered of extraordinary quality.

Organic olive oils come from farming, in essence, traditional. In organic farming we are primarily interested in the good and balanced condition of the soil in which the plants grow and secondarily about the plants and their production. The use of chemical fertilizers is precluded. It is allowed, if needed, fertilization with manure from extensive breeding animals, organic fertilization from cultivated legumes and grass seed crops, lime, sulfur, copper and other allowed natural minerals, as well as some specially approved fertilizers in accordance with the European regulation 834/2007. Also the use of chemical pesticides is forbidden. In most cases we trust nature for pest control from insects and fungi. Also, every enemy of our cultivation has its own enemy. At this point we should mention specifically the birds that play an important role in the insecticide and the balance in nature. In cases of scarcity of natural equilibrium, the protection is achieved with the use of natural medicines and preparations, in accordance with the regulation we mentioned before.

The production of organic products is a mild activity with no negative impact for humans and the environment, with the narrow or broader sense, in short- or long-term. Instead, it lets nature act freely, as much as possible and it leaves more or less the natural flora and fauna to evolve at the same time as humans, not forcibly but following, as closely as possible to its own laws of natural evolution.

It is well understood that frequent soil analysis should be done after monitoring the appearance and production of the plants. Also, frequent consultation with a scientific specialist as well as control and certification from recognized organizations.

Clearly organic farming requires relatively more expenses and certainly more thought, action, effort and time than conventional farming. But all this is worth the while, at least for our modest and friendly attitude towards nature and the environment, our self-esteem and respect of all people around us, known or unknown to us, consumers or not of olive oil, generally for the quality of life and health of both ourselves and our planet.

Our unit is moving in the direction of organic olive oil production.