Save the world with mushrooms?
Paul Stamets believes that we should preserve old growth forests “as a matter of national defense.” Why? Because old growth is the cradle of a powerful, untapped resource: ancient mushroom genomes.
A mycologist for over 30 years, Stamets discovered 4 species of mushrooms and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1998 “Bioneers Award” from The Collective Heritage Institute; the 1999 “Founder of a New Northwest Award” from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. He was named an Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2008; and in February 2010, received the President’s Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter.
Mycelium is the neurological network of nature.
Interlacing mosaics of mycelium infuse habitats with information-sharing membranes. These membranes are aware, react to change, and collectively have the long-term health of the host environment in mind. Paul Stamets, Mycelim Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
I want to believe.