Brussels (EFE) .- Palestinian producer of sustainable mushrooms Nazaret Mateos won this Friday the award for the best female farmer in the first annual ecological awards of the European Union (EU) for its entrepreneurship framed in the circular economy, in ecological production and in the search for “zero waste”.
The jury ruled that Mateos, a mushroom producer from Palencia’s Paredes de Nava municipality, deserved the award for his EntreSetas project, with which he produces organically, rotating his mushroom varieties throughout the year.
To produce them, he uses agricultural waste from his area and sells it directly to consumers, uses recycled packaging and incorporates educational workshops for different groups.
“It has developed a unique cultivation method that maximizes product quality by minimizing inputs and dramatically reducing water consumption,” the European Commission said in a statement.
The European Union (EU) Organic Awards, which aim to recognize excellence along an organic value chain, are held as part of a series of events on the occasion of European Organic Production Day.
Mateos is originally from the Sierra de la Culebra, a rural area in the northwest of Zamora severely affected by depopulation and fires this summer and, as he assured in his speech when he received the award, he has always “loved the rural world” .
“These types of awards provide great value to my community,” he said.
The winner of the award, Nazareth Mateos.
Spain had two other finalists for other categories of these awards, but the Valencian Community remained on the verge of victory in the category of organic regions against the French territory of Occitania and the Spanish company Ecoveritas SA failed to prevail over another German company leader in innovation in the SME category.
The jury of the awards was made up of representatives of the Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, COPA-Cogeca and Ifoam Organics Europe, as well as representatives of the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of the EU. .
The action plan for organic production in the EU indicates the way forward to reach the target of 25% of the EU agricultural area for organic farming by 2030 and an increase in organic aquaculture.
Its goal is to limit the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and antimicrobials, thus achieving positive effects on the climate, environment, soil, water, biodiversity and animal welfare. EFE
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