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      A new framework proposal, towards a common EU agricultural policy, with the best sustainable practices for the re-use of olive mill wastewater.

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          The disposal of olive mill wastewater (OMW) is a serious environmental issue for the Mediterranean countries. However, there is still no common European legislation on the management and the re-use of OMW in agriculture, in the frame of sustainable crop management and the standards for the safe OMW disposal and re-use are left to be set by each EU country, individually. This review paper presents the most effective and sustainable practices for OMW, (treatment, application and management), which can maximize the benefits of OMW on crops and soils, while minimizing the potential hazards for public health, thus promoting environmental sustainability. The findings of this synthetic work suggest that there is enough information and proven sustainable practices to go ahead with the initial formulation of a new consensual framework, environmentally acceptable, socially bearable and economically viable, that could hopefully help to set the standards for the re-use of olive mil wastewater and can lead to a common EU policy on the management and re-use of OMW.

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          Journal
          Sci. Total Environ.
          The Science of the total environment
          Elsevier BV
          1879-1026
          0048-9697
          May 01 2018
          : 622-623
          Affiliations
          [1 ] School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. Electronic address: tkoutsos@agro.auth.gr.
          [2 ] Hellenic Agricultural Organization Demeter, Institute of Soil and Water Resources, Thessaloniki, Greece.
          [3 ] School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
          S0048-9697(17)33492-7
          10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.073
          29227945

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