Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Pensioner Panagiotis Avramopoulos leans on a trolley as he waits for his olive oil to be produced at a family-owned production plant in Velanidi village, about 200 miles west of Athens. Greece is the world's third-largest producer of olive oil and its leading consumer per capita, with a millennia-old tradition that still serves as a strong link between city dwellers and their rural ancestry.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

From left to right, Asimina Nikolopoulou, Tasos Nikolopoulos, Greek Orthodox Priest Dimitris Vlasopoulos and Yiannis Nikolopoulos picnic in an olive grove in the village of Kalo Pedi, Greece. Widespread ownership of olive groves among Greeks has helped maintain supplies to households as they struggle through a sixth year of recession.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

A worker holds harvested olives in Antonas village, about 200 miles west of Athens, in November 2013. The economic crisis has seen a return of Greeks to farm work in recent years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

Dimitris Apostolopoulos harvests olives in Velanidi village, Greece. Apostolopoulos received half of the olive oil produced from his collection as payment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

Olives lie on a canvas tarp. Greece remains the world's highest per-capita consumer of olive oil despite the country's ongoing financial crisis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

Greek Orthodox Priest Dimitris Vlasopoulos collects olives from a canvas tarp in Kalo Pedi village, Greece.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

Romanian workers transport sacks of olives in Anthonas, Greece.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

A Romanian worker unloads sacks of olives at a family-owned olive oil production plant in Velanidi, Greece. The Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development is advising Greece to allow the sale of olive oil blended with other vegetable oils in Greek supermarkets to make the industry more competitive. The practice is currently banned by law.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

A truck loads steaming olive pomace, the remains of olives after being pressed, which is collected to help power a nearby olive oil production plant in Velanidi, Greece.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

A customer watches olive oil pouring out of a processing machine at a family-owned plant in Velanidi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

Carpenter Giorgos Karabatsis sits by 50-liter containers at a family-owned oil-production plant in Velanidi, Greece. He owns hundreds of olive trees and each year collects olives to add to his family's income.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

Toula Tsagaroulia looks out the front door of her home in Velanidi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

The Week in Pictures | March 16 – 22, 2015

Each week we bring you the very best in visual communication. A solar eclipse was seen throughout Europe. The total eclipse was visible only from a strip 10,000 miles long and...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

Pictures in the News | Oct. 8, 2014

In Wednesday's Pictures in the News, Drew Butera of the Dodgers consoles teammate Hanley Ramirez after being eliminated by the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS in St. Louis on...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

At Paris Photo fair in Hollywood, vintage LAPD forensic photos have film noir feel

By Craig Nakano To Julien Frydman, a new exhibition of decades-old Los Angeles police crime scene photos is not so much a collection of facts in black and white but rather...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

Pictures in the News | March 7, 2014

Friday's Pictures in the News begins in the Temple City, where journalists surround Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto as he emerges from his house amid a frenzy of speculation that he is...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

Pictures in the News | January 10, 2014

Friday's Pictures in the News begins in England, where crew members greet their loved ones after disembarking the aircraft carrier Illustrious in Portsmouth. The ship returned...   View Post»

   

Surviving the Hearst National Championships

Surviving the Hearst National Championship

Every June, college journalists gather in San Francisco to compete in the Hearst National Championship, a...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

Pictures in the News | March 22, 2013

In Friday's Pictures in the News: A student throws paint bombs at riot police during a protest in Bogota, Colombia; Indian youth dance and cool off at the Jal Vihar water park...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

Pictures in the News | February 7, 2012

Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in India, with women participating in Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colors in Jammu. On the African continent, members of the...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

Pictures in the News | December 12, 2011

Monday's Pictures in the News begins in Bethlehem, where a Greek Orthodox priest walks in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank city. Tourists from all over the...   View Post»

   

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

Pictures in the News | July 14, 2011

In today's Pictures in the News we start off with the last running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, not to be confused with splashing of the bulls -- a.k.a. "Bulls to the Sea"...   View Post»

Photo essay | Olive oil production in Greece

KALO PEDI, Greece — It was used to groom ancient Olympic athletes and remains a widely used modern staple in Greece’s diet. But olive oil could be the latest victim of the country’s grueling financial crisis.

The international Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development is advising Greece to allow the sale of olive oil blended with cheaper vegetable oils to make it more affordable — part of a series of recommendations to boost competition and pull the country out of recession in 2014.

Greece is the world’s third-largest producer of olive oil and its leading consumer per capita, with a millennia-old tradition that still serves as a strong link between city dwellers and their rural ancestry.

But purchasing power has been devastated by a recession that started in 2008 and austerity measures imposed for a massive international bailout.

The financial crisis has wiped out more than a fifth of the Greek economy and pushed unemployment up to more than 27%.

– Associated Press

1 Comment

  1. March 10, 2014, 2:13 pm

    Outrageous proposal. It is a generic proposal which is not supported by any concrete numbers, nor does it take into account the relationship of Greeks and olive oil. Why would a country that produces high quality olive oil, taint their product by adding various questionable vegetable oils? No, Greece needs to maintain the integrity of its olive oil.

    By: elenaeele

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published