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Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller
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Feb 16, 12

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Read from February 11 to 15, 2012

I don't really have much to add to the other reviews here. Read this and you will probably never want to buy olive oil from a supermarket again. It's depressing that human cupidity and greed mean that the words "extra virgin" on the label of a bottle of oil are utterly meaningless in 98% of cases. Worse, the degrading of the term makes it almost impossible for those who truly care about producing real extra virgin oil to earn a living from it. Vicious circle.

I rather wished he hadn't focused so much on Italy (obviously because he lives there). I'd have been interested to learn more about the Spanish olive oil industry ... since that's where I but my olive oil. I don't suppose it's any better than Italy in terms of corruption and adulteration, unfortunately.

Anyway, this is a good read if you are curious about where your food comes from, and what happens to it on its way to you.
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