Brussels (EFE).- Palestinian producer of sustainable mushrooms Nazaret Mateos won this Friday the prize for the best female farmer at the first annual ecological awards of the European Union (EU) for her framed entrepreneurship in the circular economy , ecological production and research for “zero waste”.

The jury determined that Mateos, a mushroom grower from the Palencian municipality of Paredes de Nava, deserved the award for her EntreSetas project, with which she produces organically, alternating her mushroom varieties throughout the year.

Image of a grain field this Friday in the Salamanca region of La Armada. ECE

To produce them, he uses agricultural waste from his region and sells it directly to consumers, uses recycled packaging and includes learning workshops for different groups.

“He has developed a unique cultivation method that maximizes product quality while minimizing inputs and significantly 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 organized as part of a series of events to mark European Day of Production organic.

Mateos is from the Sierra de la Culebra, a rural area northwest of Zamora badly affected by depopulation and fires this summer and, as she assured in her speech at the award ceremony, she has always “loved the rural world”.

“These types of rewards provide great value to my community,” he said.

The winner of the prize, Nazareth Mateos.

Spain had two other finalists for other categories of these awards, but the Valencian Community found itself on the verge of victory in the organic regions category against the French territory of Occitanie and the Spanish company Ecoveritas SA n’ failed to beat another German innovation leader in the SME category.

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The awards jury 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. .

Sunflower. EFE / Juana Benet

Action plan for organic production in the EU sets out the way forward to reach the target of 25% of EU farmland dedicated to organic farming by 2030 and an increase in aquaculture organic.

Its objective is to limit the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and antimicrobials, and thus achieve positive effects on the climate, environment, soil, water, biodiversity and well-being. animal. ECE

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