Brussels (EFE).- Palestinian sustainable mushroom grower Nazareth Mateos won the Best Female Farmer award at the European Union’s (EU) first annual environmental awards this Friday for her entrepreneurial creation within the circular economy, ecological production and research. For “Zero Waste”.
The jury decided that Mateos, a mushroom grower from the municipality of Palencia, deserved the award for his Entracetas project, with which he produces organically to rotate his mushroom varieties throughout the year.
To produce them, it uses agricultural waste in its area and sells directly to consumers, uses recycled packaging and includes learning workshops for different groups.
“It has developed a unique farming system that maximizes product quality while minimizing inputs and drastically reducing water use,” the European Commission said in a statement.
The European Union (EU) Organic Awards, which aim to recognize excellence in an organic value chain, are being held as part of a series of events to mark EU Organic Production Day.
Mateos is originally from the Sierra de la Culebra, a rural area northwest of Zamora hit hard by depopulation and wildfires this summer, and as he assured in his award acceptance speech, he has always “loved the rural world.”
“These types of awards mean a lot to my community,” he said.
Award winner, Nazareth Mateos.
Spain had two other finalists for the other categories of these awards, but the Valencian community was left on the brink of victory in the organic region category against the French territory of Occitania, and the Spanish company Ecovaritas SA failed to win over another leading German company. Innovation in the SME sector.
The jury for the award was made up of representatives of the Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, Copa-Cojeca and Ifoam Organic Europe, as well as the European Parliament (EP) and the Council. EU’s..
The Action Plan for Organic Production in the EU sets the path to reach the target of 25% of EU agricultural land dedicated to organic agriculture by 2030 and to increase organic aquaculture.
Its objective is to limit the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and antimicrobials and thus achieve positive impacts on climate, environment, soil, water, biodiversity and animal welfare. EFE
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