Olive Oil Production in Provence


Production of olive oil by traditional methods at the stream-powered Entrevaux oil mill, Entrevaux, France, 24 February 2010.

For centuries, water-powered olive mills were central features of many provencal villages. Today, they are unable to compete with modern oil extraction plants, and village co-operatives cannot fund the necessary modernisation required in order for the oil produced to meet EEC regulations for sale. Many mills have fallen into disrepair and closed.
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