Using of olive oil has increased around the world in last 25 years. Concordantly production of oil in Turkey also has increased. Moreover Turkey is the only country that
International Olive Council released a olive report for 2016 – 2017 period. According to this olive report Turkey is the only country that increased production of olive oil. As is known United Nations incorporates International Olive Council.
Turkey has sufficient natural conditions and geographical location for growing of olive.
International Olive Council Publicity Department Chef Head Ender Gunduz made a remark. In this remark he said Turkey has the power of making progress in production of olive oil in the near future in 2018.
Turkey Agricultural Economy and Policy Development Institute has released in 2020 a data.
According to these data, Turkey rose to the fourth from the fifth in the world in olive oil production since 2017.
As is known, Spain is the first in world ranking.
And Italy, Greece and Tunusia pursue Spain. The most important reason for this development is the increase in land that reserved to olive production in Turkey. This has had a positive effect on olive cultivation.
Growing of olive will be increased more than ever around the world in the future. Because the consumption growth of olive oil has increased double in the last 25 years. Today, the percentage of olive oil among the other oils is 5%.
6 countries in Mediterranean have 86% of the olive oil production in the world. And also The Mediterranean has 95% of land around the world that is grown olives.
Agricultural Economy and Policy Development Institute has released 2020 olive oil data. According to these data, Turkey rose to fourth in the world in olive oil production since 2017. The most important reason for this development is the increase in land that reserved to olive production in Turkey. This has had a positive effect on olive cultivation.
Olive Oil and World Health
The obesity rate in the world increased by 23% in the early 1960s. This increase has been very rapid and continues.
There are two main reasons for this increase. The first and most important of these is the rapid growth of the fast food and convenience food industries.
The fast food and convenience food industries have larger portions than before the 1960s. Furthermore, the low prices of this type of food have caused serious increases in demand.
These dishes contain high energy, increased corn syrup and trans fats. Trans fats are unnatural oils and are very harmful to human health.
The second is the decrease in people's physical activities.
Under these circumstances, more calories are consumed than spent. Moreover, these foods contain harmful fats.
This situation caused obesity to become one of the biggest health problems of the 21st century.
On the other hand, especially recipes containing extra virgin olive oil have lower calories. It is also preventive of cardiovascular diseases.
Hopefully the increase in olive oil consumption may decrease obesity rates.
Turkey is the 4th country in the world in olive oil consumption. This ensures that the obesity rate in Turkey is much lower than in many countries.
When viewed from this aspect, Turkey can contribute significantly to the world's health with existing and ongoing increase in the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil.