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How creative problem solving led to the UC Davis Olive Center


Narrator:       This is Science Today. A bit of creativity and pragmatism led to the launch of the Olive Oil Center at the University of California, Davis. Director Dan Flynn explains that the center, which aims to provide industry innovation, education and quality, was the result of the university trying to lower annual liability costs due to olive-related biking accidents.

Flynn:             We have these olive trees growing alongside a bike path, dropping fruit on the bike path and it, for many years, caused a lot of accidents on these bike paths, which would get slippery from these olives. So the university began to make olive oil, harvesting these olives so they wouldn't be a hazard on the bike path any longer. Since we began doing that, there have been no accidents and no liability claims.

Narrator:       The California olive industry took notice and established a partnership with the campus to take on a stronger role in education and research.

Flynn:             In fact, we're a self-supporting center. We don't get any money from the university at all.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.