Palencia woman wins European award for best sustainable farmer

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Peter Kavinsky

Brussels (EFE) – Palestinian sustainable mushroom grower Nazareth Mateos received this Friday the award for best female farmer at the European Union’s (EU) first annual environmental award for her entrepreneurial work in the circular economy, green production and search for “zero waste”. “.

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

Image of a grain field this Friday in the Salamanca La Armada area. EFE

For their production, the company uses agricultural waste in its area and sells it directly to consumers, uses recycled packaging and conducts training seminars for various groups.

“He has developed a unique growing method that maximizes product quality at minimal cost and dramatically reduces water consumption,” the European Commission said in a statement.

The European Union (EU) Organic Awards, which celebrate excellence in the organic value chain, are part of a series of events to mark EU Organic Day.

Mateos hails from the Sierra de la Culebra, a rural area in northwest Zamora that has been hit hard by depopulation and wildfires this summer, and as she assured in her acceptance speech, she has always “adored the rural world.”

“These kinds of awards are of great value to my community,” he stressed.

Winner of the Nazareth Prize Mateos.

Spain had two other finalists in the other categories of these awards, but the Valencian Community remained at the gates of victory 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 innovation in the SME category.

Referee

The jury for the awards included representatives from the Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, COPA-Cogeca and Ifoam Organics Europe, as well as representatives from the European Parliament (EP) and the EU Council. .

Sunflower. EFE / Juana Benet

The EU Organic Action Plan sets out the path to achieving the goal of having 25% of EU agricultural land devoted to organic farming by 2030 and increasing organic aquaculture.

Its goal 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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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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