Monday, February 13, 2012

Children won't know what olives look like - COLD SNAP THREATENS SURVIVAL OF 100MLN ITALIAN OLIVE TREES
AGI) Rome- Polar temperatures in central and southern Italy are affecting 100 million olive trees. This Mediterranean plant needs a relatively mild climate to survive, even in the winter, and above all it needs to avoid huge temperature spikes, according to Coldiretti. The Italian farmers' association has raised the alarm on the dramatic effects of the ongoing cold snap on the country's most traditional tree, one which also represents the local Mediterranean diet. Temperatures below 10 degrees, claims Coldiretti, wreak havoc on olive trees and exponentially increase the damage to the food and farming industry

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