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Magicpaintbrush Thu 16-May-19 10:13:03

I won't be buying olive oil from any of the countries mentioned in this article anymore. How fucking cruel.

KooMoo Thu 16-May-19 11:27:56

OMG 😮 I never knew this happened.

Magicpaintbrush Thu 16-May-19 11:32:52

Me neither - I was gobsmacked when I read it. What a senseless waste of life.

RaininSummer Thu 16-May-19 11:33:52

That is horrible. I don't see why they cant scare the birds out of the trees before they start hoovering up the olives.

Magicpaintbrush Thu 16-May-19 11:42:32

They say they do it at night (when the birds are roosting!) because they get a better flavour from the olives - which to me is just ridiculous when it's at the expense of the lives of so many birds, absolutely crazy. It's so callous.

Bluesheep8 Thu 16-May-19 12:53:21

Oh my God, that is horrendous. Is there a way of checking which producers DON''T do this?

Magicpaintbrush Thu 16-May-19 13:02:15

I don't know, the article just mentions that it is still happening in Portugal, Italy and Spain. Lots of other countries produce olive oil, Greece for example, so I am going to look into what's available from there instead.

SneakyGremlins Thu 16-May-19 13:06:55


Just checked my favourite olive oil and it doesn't say where it's from...

It's from Aldi. Does that mean it's made in the UK for Aldi?? Have I been cooking with ground up birds?

Prawnofthepatriarchy Thu 16-May-19 13:09:10

Well, in those countries people hunt and trap songbirds. My parents were offered blackbird pate in Italy. So I guess they're not fussed about small birds.

zen1 Thu 16-May-19 13:31:30

I wonder how you can find out which olive-oil producing countries don’t do this?

Wheresmrlion Thu 16-May-19 13:34:00

Grim. Go for cold pressed UK rapeseed oil instead, we switched a couple of years ago, there are some lovely ones out there.

Seeleyboo Thu 16-May-19 13:34:37

I've stopped buying olive oil and converted to rape seed. Can't say I've noticed a difference other than financially.

meiisme Thu 16-May-19 13:41:51

In Palestine olives are usually picked by hand. There's a fairtrade brand, Zaytoun, that imports that oil. It's for sale at some ethical supermarkets where I live and really good.

Al2O3 Thu 16-May-19 14:04:28

I am sure it is the same with coffee beans.

Except it makes the coffee taste smoother. That's why they call it Mellow Birds.

usernameuser Thu 16-May-19 18:30:40

What the.....?

MythicalBiologicalFennel Thu 16-May-19 18:45:37

Hi OP part of my family comes from one of the main olive oil producing areas in the world. I visit often. I have never seen, heard or read about the vacuum method. The usual method is for the tree branches to be shaken, then the olives fall down and are gathered on a net or cloth. The branches can be hit with canes to make them shake or a special machine is used to do the shaking.

I am also baffled by the claim that millions of birds roost or rest - not very clear from your link - on olive trees. I would love to see how the figures of millions of victims were calculated. Being familiar with both birds and olive trees I cannot get my head around the whole thing.

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