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Will Blended Olive Oil Resurrect Greece's Economy?

Dimitris Apostolopoulos, collects olives at an olive grove in Velanidi village, 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Athens.

The olive: Greece's past could revive its future

In the olive groves around Ancient Olympia, sanctuary of the Greek gods,

the trees were once considered sacred, and in many ways they still are.

Carefully pruned and pampered, they are described by farmers with a

reverence that could match the language used by makers of champagne or

single malt whisky.

So plans to extend a brutal efficiency drive

to olive oil production have been met with anger and disbelief. If

proposals from a government funded study are adopted, olive oil blended

with cheaper vegetable oils will soon go on sale as part of an effort to

modernize Greece's economy, which was rescued from near bankruptcy four

years ago.