Here is an eye opening lecture – ‘The Future is Fungi’ from passionate mycologist Paul Stamets who has devoted over 30 years to the study of fungi. His decades of work reveal it to be an incredibly robust and transformational organism. This intelligent, organic technology could be a crucial accomplice in reducing the footprint across our planet.
Stamets details how we are “more closely related to fungi than any other kingdom”. Fungi are our proto-ancestors and were the first organisms on the planet 1.3 billion years ago. The fact that mushrooms have withstood the catastrophic extinction events that wiped other species off the earth is testament to fungi’s resilient nature and essential connection to the biosphere.
Mushrooms yield a vast array of what Stamets calls “mycological solutions”. Some species of mushroom can absorb diesel and petroleum waste leaving behind a fresh, renewed patch of soil that can host new plant life. As if that were not compelling enough, it has also been found that the toxic radiation from nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukishima could be managed with the help of a fungi known as “Hideous Gomphidius” (Gomphidius Glutinosus). This particular species has the capacity to absorb radiation in a way that vastly decontaminates its surroundings, allowing for ecological restoration. As unethical, unsustainable industry is reaching critical levels of destruction, these mind blowing discoveries are imperative in a peak era of environmental decay.
Also explored in this talk, the powerful medicinal properties of various species of mushrooms which are contributing huge advances towards viral immunity and cancer fighting efforts.
Paul Stamet’s exuberant respect for fungi drives him to dissolve the misconceptions and fear held by some towards mushrooms. He seeks to open us to the immense complexity and caring consciousness of this ancient organism; a creator and restorer of ecological balance.
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