Brussels (EFE).- Nazaret Mateos, a Palestinian sustainable mushroom producer, won the best female farmer award for circular economy, ecological production and entrepreneurship at the European Union’s (EU) first annual ecological awards this Friday. for “zero waste”.

The jury determined that Mateos, a mushroom producer in the municipality of Palencia Paredes de Nava, has deserved the award for the EntreSetas project, with which he produces organically, changing his mushroom varieties throughout the year.

A picture of a grain field this Friday in the Salamanca area of ​​La Armada. EFE

To produce them, he uses agricultural waste from his region and sells directly to consumers, uses recycled packaging and organizes educational workshops for different 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 the organic value chain, are presented as part of a series of events celebrating EU Organic Day.

Mateos is from the Sierra de la Culebra, a rural area in northwest Zamora that has been hit hard by depopulation and fires this summer, and as he confirmed in his award speech, he has always “adored the land.”

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

Award winner Nazareth Mateos.

Spain had two other finalists in the other categories of these awards, but the community of Valencia was left behind in the organic regions category against the French territory of Occitania, and the Spanish company Ecoveritas SA failed to beat the other leading German company in 2008. innovation in the SME category.


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. From the EU..

Sunflower. EFE / Juana Benet

The EU’s action plan for organic production sets out the next steps to achieve the goal of 25% of the EU’s agricultural land being organic by 2030 and to increase organic aquaculture.

Its aim is to limit the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and antimicrobials and thereby achieve a positive impact on the climate, environment, soil, water, biodiversity and animal welfare. EFE

Online publication: Óscar R. Ventana.

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