Check out this incredible talk that took place in March at the ‘Permaculture Voices 2 (PV2)’ conference. This is a free talk shared by Diego, the creator and host of the event, he shared it to promote the talks done by the other speakers.
Paul’s central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushroom forming fungi are the foundation of the foodwebs of land based organisms.
Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement. As we are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth, our biospheres are quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into action policies and technologies that can cause a course correction in the very near future, species diversity will continue to plummet, with humans not only being the primary cause, but one of the victims.
Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions, which can be put into practice now. Paul will discuss his groundbreaking research utilizing their cellular networks to create molecular bridges governing the evolution of sustainable habitats. The implications of his research are far-reaching and could spark a paradigm shift to a better future.
I was again blown away hearing yet another talk from Paul, this time speaking at the Bioneers conference in 2003, in Australia. Paul starts talking at 6 minutes 30 seconds but the introduction is worth listening to though if you have the time.
Paul discusses a huge range of topics surrounding the benefits of Fungi/Mushrooms. The solutions to a huge range of problems is literally under our feet. He’s discovered many new species of fungi/mushrooms and is an advocate for saving the “old growth forest” for as he sayings “as a matter of national security”, they are still countless fungi to be discovered and we can only really dream of what benefits they could also have for humans and the biosphere as a whole. He says that we are closer to fungi than we are to plants due to things such as that fungi take in oxygen and put out carbon dioxide, same as us. He believes that fungi are intelligent and we need to team up with them to solve the problems we face using things such as bioremediation, curing diseases, natural pest control, natural hygiene and many, many more!
There’s so many things to mention but are few are:
Used to carry fire for first humans
First clinical trials with mushrooms in america
Using mushrooms as a potential cure for aids
Internets setup the same as fungi networks
Using fungi to breakdown oil spills and soil contamination
Regarding finding worlds first cure for ecoli
The advantages of burlap sacks as best to establish fungi
… and so much more!
Another talk from the same conferene by Paul, talking more in depth on some of the subjects above:
Learn more: http://www.fungi.com
Short clip from a possible future (unreleased) documentary about Paul Stamets (mycologist) speaking on the benefit of mushrooms for nature and mankind. Lovely accompanying footage of mushrooms from the old growth forest.
“I believe nature is a force of good, good is not only a concept it is a spirit so hopefully the spirit of goodness will survive” – Paul Stamets
As CNN put it: “In non-scientific terms, they grind up seed husks and glue the small pieces together with mushroom root.” Their products include packaging and styrofoam substitute and the now-in-development Greensulate rigid insulation board for builders. Both products require less energy to create than synthetics like foam, because they’re quite literally grown. Equally compelling, at the end of their useful life, they can be home-composted or even used as garden mulch.
“There are three principles that should govern better materials. Firstly, they should be able to be created almost anywhere on the planet. Secondly, they should require considerably less energy to produce than current materials. Lastly, they should be able to be disposed of by nature’s wonderful open-source recycling system.” – Eben Bayer
Thanks to Garry Jenkins for sending me this information.
The above is a clip from “Greening the Desert” with Geoff Lawton, located in Jordan.
Documentary about turning around and regaining land lost to desertification. Geoff helps turn a baron desert into a thriving forest. He talks us through the process of transforming the desert ground via processes that included things like desalination (desalting soil), water retention via swales, heavy mulching, planting legumes and many other things and they basically end up building top soil and in turn fertility.
This is the full documentary on the subject by Geoff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzTHjlueqFI
Also check out this Dutch Documentary “Green Gold” about a guy called John Liu who documented the Chinese rehabilitating large scale damaged eco systems (the size of the Netherlands), effectively stopping desertification:
John Liu’s full documentary that the above discusses, “Hope in a Changing Climate”:
TED talk by Paul Stamets regarding Mushrooms and how he believes that mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform other worlds.
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.
Paul Stamets Quote: “Mycelium is Earth’s natural Internet.”
Loving this idea, if you’ve not got a log then maybe you got a bucket!