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Italy's olive oil industry faces possible ruin

Olive trees are succumbing to a bacterial outbreak sweeping across the Salento region
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 05:50
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Olive trees with protective meshes in Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. The bacterial outbreak in Italy poses a new danger for all of European agriculture.

Racale, Italy

ACROSS the stony heel of Italy, a peninsula ringed by the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean, olive trees have existed for centuries, shaping the landscape and producing some of the nation's finest olive oils. Except now many of the trees are dying.

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