Who we are
Save the Olives is a non-profit organization of volunteers facing the outbreak of the Xylella Fastidiosa bacterium in Puglia, southern Italy. Detached from politics, far from polemics and indifferent to ideas of conspiracy, we act together on a millennial landscape trying to concentrate the forces of relevant stakeholders, to raise awareness and educate inhabitants of the attacked territory. We are agronomists, farmers, artists, engineers, students, business people, scientists and others, but above all we are great defenders of our land believing in a sustainable future for the cultivations and culture of olives.
Save the Olives Association
Operational arm of Save the Olives ONLUS, Save the Olives Association, is a non-profit organization open to all those who, lovers of olive trees and Puglia, wish to contribute to the protection of this territory, and be involved and updated on the matter.
Costantino PARMAVice President
Agostino PETRONISecretary General
What we aim
With our effort we aim to give hope to the cultural, environmental and economic heritage that olive trees mean for the Mediterranean culture. In everything we do we try to put agriculture and research first, measuring our success in the ability to recover sick olive trees and educate farmers towards a more sustainable handling of their land.
We believe in a future where farmers, helped by the scientific world, will be able to coexist or defeat the evil that takes the olive trees, restarting their agricultural economy and the whole annexed world such as oil mills and distributors of extra virgin olive oil.
Where we act
We try to combat Xylella on two fronts. On the one hand, we aim to sensitize a broader public, trying to involve a lot of different parties and experts to the cause. For that we participate in conferences and organize public events, always inviting scientists and agronomists to discuss the problem.
On the other hand, we demonstrate on field the correlations between good agronomic practices and innovation of scientific research. Thanks to a careful combination of the two we will try to cope with the epidemic attack of Xylella Fastidiosa that is destroying the Apulian olive groves.
Grafting is a reversible agronomic practice that allows the anatomical-physiological fusion of two individuals belonging to different species or varieties, rootstock and graft, of which the first forms the basal part of the plant and the second the aerial part allowing a biological continuity. It has been shown that some olive varieties are more resistant to Xylella, and therefore grafting onto ancient olive trees could save them, thus protecting the historical and landscape heritage of Salento.