October 7, 2022

A woman from Palencia wins a European prize for the best sustainable farmer

Brussels (EFE).- Palestinian sustainable mushroom producer Nazaret Mateos on Friday won the prize for the best female farmer in the first annual ecological awards of the European Union (EU) for her entrepreneurship within the circular economy, ecological production and the quest for ” no waste”.

The jury has determined that Mateos, a mushroom producer from the municipality of Palencia, Paredes de Nava, has earned the prize for its EntreSetas project, through which it produces organically and alternates its mushroom varieties throughout the year.

Image of a wheat field this Friday in the Salamanca region of La Armada. EFE

To produce them, it uses agricultural waste in its area and sells it directly to consumers, uses recycled packaging and organizes learning workshops for various groups.

“It has developed a unique cultivation method that maximizes product quality, while minimizing inputs and drastically reducing water consumption,” the European Commission said in a statement.

The European Union (EU) Organic Awards, which aim to recognize excellence in an organic value chain, are held as part of a series of events to mark the EU Organic Production Day.

Mateos is originally from the Sierra de la Culebra, a rural area in northwest Zamora that has been hard hit by depopulation and forest fires this summer.

“Awards like this are of 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 was about to win in the organic regions category against the French territory of Occitania and the Spanish company Ecoveritas SA failed to triumph over another leading German company in innovation in the SME category.

The judge

The jury for the awards consisted 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

The Action Plan for Organic Production in the EU sets out the way forward to achieving the target of 25% of EU farmland being devoted to organic farming by 2030 and increasing organic aquaculture.

The aim is to limit the use of fertilizers, pesticides and antimicrobials in order to achieve positive effects on the climate, environment, soil, water, biodiversity and animal welfare. EFE

Web Edition: Óscar R. Ventana.

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