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