Mushroom Miracles

And no, I’m not talking about the psychedelic ones, folks.

My DH just shared with me a fascinating TED talk by Paul Stamets. For those not familiar with TED, I highly recommend it, the talks are varied, interesting and often funny, and always very educational.

Paul Stamets talk is titled Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World and it blew my mind.

Here is a short bio on Paul:

Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords. The focus of Stamets’ research is the Northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.

There are cosmic implications as well. Stamets believes we could terraform other worlds in our galaxy by sowing a mix of fungal spores and other seeds to create an ecological footprint on a new planet.

In any case, he describes in the talk how he used oyster mushrooms to revive dead oil-soaked soil. Which led me to wonder if the mushrooms would still be edible…


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