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June 2001
A Sardinian Solution
by Curtis Phillips
Cork is grown in several countries. Portugal accounts for the largest share of global cork production, but Quercus suber is also grown, and its bark harvested, in Spain, North Africa, France, Australia, and Italy. The Italian island of Sardinia remains on the perceived periphery of the cork industry. Unlike portions of Portugal and Spain, cork is not farmed on Sardinia. Cork is harvested from the indigenous oak forests. It is claimed that soil and climate on Sardinia cause the trees to grow more...
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