Meet Denis Mikelatos

Denis Mikelatos has been growing the prized Kalamon olive on his family’s farm since 1972. He was certified as an organic grower in 2010. Why make such a change? “We want to produce agricultural products without any chemical contamination", Mikelatos says. "The conversion has required a shift in emphasis away from quantity and toward quality", he says.“The main problem is dealing with the low quantities of the olives during cultivation,” Mikelatos notes. “People often confuse growing more crops with making more food available to the world. They’re not the same thing. Organic products offer more nutrients and vitamins to food.” Denis Mikelatos's farm is in Astakos, County of Aitoloakarnania. Find it on a map.