Ain’t No Virgin


The news stories about bogus olive oil are bogus.

This is what the media is relaying:

“Greek police have arrested seven people allegedly involved in fraudulently selling large quantities of adulterated sunflower oil as olive oil in Greece and abroad.”

The media is turning this into the “Greek job,” a caper run by a family mafia of some sort. Hopefully, the Netflix execs are all over this potential comedy. I wanna see the mini-series.

How quickly we all forget. For years there have been a slew of reports, in mainstream and alternative press, indicating that olive oil is not really 100% olive oil. (And never believe claims of virginity).

Here is a more realistic report:

“Numerous scandals have been uncovered over the last twenty years which have revealed that many extra virgin olive oils being sold in the United States do not meet the high standard for this product. Many have been adulterated with lower grade olive oils or with nut and seed oils.”

Here is another story titled: “Your Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is Fake”

“Did you know that the Mob makes money hand over fist by selling you fake olive oil? Olive oil is a $1.5 billion industry in the United States alone. According to Tom Mueller, an intrepid journalist who wrote a scandalously revealing book on the subject, 70% of the extra virgin olive oil sold is adulterated — cut with cheaper oils. Apparently, the mob’s been at it so long, that even most so-called ‘experts’ can’t tell a real olive oil from a fake olive oil based on taste alone.”

Most people think of their extra-virgin olive oil as just that, pure… Plucked from trees overlooking the Mediterranean by nubile Greek goddesses who frolic in the orchards.

They pluck… they frolic… and pluck some more.

But extra-virgin olive oil is genetically-modified sunflower and soybean oil processed in Nebraska. Buzzkill.

The giant food companies will do pretty much anything to cut corners, and the usual controllers love to yuk it up over people fooling themselves over what they eat. Duping delight.

If seven “7” (really?) people were really arrested for this (Drama 101) then the story is designed to advance a false dichotomy between good oil and bad oil. When it’s mostly all bad…

Olive trees take a long time to grow, and harvesting is labor intensive. Not many places in the world can even support these trees, which require a delicate balance of weather and soil.

With that in mind, it is even more difficult to imagine that real olives are used for the quantities being consumed in the world economy.

Even if the so-called “food authorities” enforced higher standards, there is no way extra-virgin olive oil can be sold in Wal-Marts from Maine to California and beyond.


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