Mushrooms: A Matter of National Defense

Image from “Nature’s Crusaders”

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.



  • So if Mycellum send universal sIgnals, like cries of vanishing eagles and wolves, signals we cannot or will not attend to, what other critical messages do our klunky senses miss and ignore?


  • Hello Julia! I thought I’d let you know that you received a blogging award over at the WANA1011 Blogfest Awards! Come check it out at! And also come visit the other participants! Have a Happy Blogfest Day my fellow classmate! 🙂


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