Sep 292011

I saw an article in Southern Oregon’s online news service the Mail Tribune. It is entitled “Olive tree is a gamble“. After I finished reading it I wondered if any of the US government agencies ever spoke with one another and coordinated their agriculture policies. Doesn’t seem like it.

In the article a woman, Emily R., comments and asks, “I recently returned from Greece with a small ‘airport-approved’ olive tree and was curious how the plant will hold up in this region?” WHAT?

Airport-approved? What does that mean? Was it purchased at the duty-free (this is not a substitute for destination, crop safety)? What about the US Department of Agriculture? What about the US Food and Drug Administration? What about the US Customs and Border Protection Agency? What about safe-guarding the world’s commercial olive crops, not just so someone can sell you a bottle of olive oil, but so you can have access to a healthy, human-digestible fat? What about the olive fruit fly? Did any of the government agencies who spend so much time controlling and quarantining plants and animals have any involvement in this “airport-approved” olive tree’s journey?

Yeah, it’s a gamble and not just because Emily’s olive tree might or might not survive living in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Here is some Olive Crazy advice – if you just got to have an olive tree, no matter where you live, buy it from an nursery inside the country you reside. That tree will more likely be a variety that can grow in your region and less likely to wreak havoc on your country’s olive industry and your valuable, food source.

May the sun shine through your branches.