Olive Presses Cause Pollution
As the demand for olive oil increases, the number of olive presses throughout Israel grow and grow and as of now there are 175 presses that are both Jewish-owned and Arab-owned. The presses dump large amounts of ground flesh, olive pits, and about 100,000 cubic meters of vegetation water, which is the liquid by-product of the mechanical pressing process, into streams.
This left over matter from the olive presses damages the ecosystem when it goes into streams and in mountainous areas it seeps through rocks and gets into the ground water as well.
Zalul wrote to Minister for Protection of Environment Gilad Erdan and informed him of the situation and relevant statistics. As a result, The Ministry for Protection of Environment has been trying to encourage thickening the vegetation water and transferring it to compost sites. Lets keep our fingers crossed that all olive pressers will cooperate.
For more information on this, check out this article from Israel National News.