What is organic olive oil?
This is olive oil the production of which is governed by rules set by Community and national legislation that aim at protecting the environment, preserving and/or increasing the fertility and organic activity of the soil, etc.
Consequently, organic farming prohibits the use of herbicides, insecticides, pesticides or other products that are frequently used to protect olive trees in conventional cultivations and that affect olive oil quality and are responsible for numerous diseases.
The agencies responsible for quality control, certification and awarding of organic farming markings are the approved Inspection and Certification Bodies for Organic Products. In Greece, a System for inspection and certification has been established and it is supervised by the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, through the competent Directorate for Organic Farming, while AGROCERT (Agricultural Prod-ucts Certification and Supervision Organisation) also plays a supervisory role.