Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The big squeeze

""In Argentina, Chile and China there are immense plantations with the olives grown on espaliers so they can be harvested mechanically," says Pere Solé on his farm at La Bisbal del Penedès in Catalonia. "We can't compete with that." He explains that it costs him €2.70 to produce a litre of oil with a market value of €2.50. "Olive oil is one of the cheapest products on the market, when you bear in mind that a litre will last you a week or two, unlike a bottle of wine," he says. "It's absurdly cheap."" (Thanks Karin)

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