From the oil in gelatin to the extraction with microwave and ultrasound. Tomorrow in Ostuni Biol opens with a conference on innovation and Xylella declined in organic key

Written March 17th, 2017

Until Monday an oil Citadel for the competition
among the best eco-friendly oils in the world, with exhibitions, tasting courses, workshops, tastings, tours. The industry data

OSTUNI (Brindisi) – From the oil in gelatin to the extraction with microwave and ultrasound; from the experiments between the nutritional and pharmaceutical to new natural treatments of table olives. It’s called Biolinnova, it collects the last frontiers of research in organic olive growing conducted by universities and institutes, and will be the novelty of the XXII Biol Award, the international competition of organic oils which opens tomorrow – Saturday 19 – in Ostuni. Five projects selected five best Italian practices – conducted by the University of Foggia in Puglia, Calabria from Arsac, Basilicata and Sardinia from Agrobios Agris, with two studies – focusing on experimental oils and olive growing, among product innovations and supply chain, joined by the common thread of sustainability.

But the three days of Biol will also open in the name of Xylella, declined in organic key . But before the opening ceremony at 10:30 am at the Citadel of Biol staged in the municipal slaughterhouse. Will be present the Regional Councilor for Agriculture Leonardo Di Gioia, the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Bari Alessandro Ambrosi, the mayor of Ostuni Gianfranco Coppola, The President of Coastal Dune Park Enzo Lavarra, in addition to the Biol coordinator Nino Paparella.

The programme will also include the works of  the international jury coordinated by the panel chief Alfredo Marasciulo, which will evaluate 350 oils from 15 countries, tasting courses on oil, honey and bread, sustainable laboratories, bio catering, itineraries and meetings. At 17.30: the round table “The defense of the organic olive grove and Xylella”, which will update producers and operators on the latest news on the subject. Participants Antonio Guario, agronomist; Silvio Schito, Observatory phyto sanitary; Puglia Region, Pierfederico La Notte, Plant Virology Institute CNR; Francesco Porcelli, Entomology and Zoology – Di.S.S.P.A. University of Bari; Moderator Roberto De Petro, president of AISA – Print Farm Agribusiness Environmental. An appointment that with Biolinnova, therefore represents a double attraction in the Puglia region for the organic operators. As evidenced by the numbers released by Biol, event organized by C.i.Bi., and promoted by the Department of Agriculture of the Region Apulia, Bari Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ostuni.

The industry data – According to the annual report Sinab 2016, in fact, if in Italy there are 60 thousand organic farmers, those of Puglia area 6,685 (+1.3%), 70% of whom work in the olive sector. Of the 179,886 hectares of organic olive groves in Italy, 52,698 extend in Puglia or 30% organic olive growing national (and 14% of the Apulian olive cultivation amounted to 380 thousand hectares). In fact, Puglia confirms second organic olive growing region in Italy (after Calabria, with 57 665 ha). In general, Puglia has 14% of the regional agricultural area cultivated according to the organic production method (equal to 177 thousand hectares, since only inferior to Sicily). The bio-regional olive area produces (Biol estimates) 20 thousand tons of organic oil, for 80 million euro in commercial value: about 20 million more than they would gain if the operators did not work in organic farming, but conventional.

The Biol Prize is sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, IFOAM and AgriBioMediterraneo. Partner: Organization of Coastal Dunes Park, Gal Alto Salento, University of Bari and Foggia, Associazione Dialoghi Fluidi, Fondazione Dieta Mediterranea, Itas Pantanelli of Ostuni, CHEMISERVICE, Consorzio Puglia Natura, Biolitalia, Agap, Rete Utile Buono e Bio.