Olives are harvested for the first time in years at Azienda Agricola Vergari on October 21, 2021 in the countryside of Supersano, Italy. Like almost all olive growers in the Salento peninsula, an area known for its olive oil and its ancient olive groves, Vergari lost most of its olive trees to Xylella fastidiosa, a plant bacteria from Central America that over the past ten years has affected millions of trees, turning an entire province into a cemetery of dead tree trunks. After eradicating all of the farm’s centuries-old olive trees, Vergari has re-planted a new, modern olive grove using …
Proiezione del documentario sulla scomparsa degli ulivi nel Salento di René Worni con Roberto Polo e il collettivo epidemia.
A family making its own wine at their countryside home on September 25, 2021 in the countryside between Locorotondo and Cisternino, Italy. The Itria valley, famous for its traditional wine harvest, olive groves and ancient stone houses known as trulli is a UNESCO heritage site.
Civil protection volunteers delivering water and fresh produce to elderly people on August 13, 2021 in Lecce, Italy. A heat wave carried by the anticyclone named “Lucifer” hit Italy, and in particular the south of the country, where a record-breaking temperature of 48.8 degrees was registered in Sicily.
Its olive trees ravaged by the Xylella pandemic and its fields parched by drought, Salento is literally a tinderbox. Small fires break out all the time, and where once you would have seen crowds of people working frantically to save their family’s trees, today you see absolutely nothing, as trunks that stood for centuries burn and crumble into ashes, and nobody cares.