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.
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
Paul Stamets (mycologist) talks about four mushrooms for use in human health. He delves into aspects such as the antimicrobial properties of fungi, how they can be used as potent insecticides and how they may help boost the human immune system. I won’t spoil the end of the talk but he goes into cures for cancer which is really quite amazing.
Also another little snippet I picked up from the talk that I wanted to mention here is was how “H5N1 (bird flu) is carried by house flys”, interesting stuff! Hope you all enjoy this talk, I know I did, this material completely fascinates me to no end!!!
Here’s the Q&A session he done after the talk as well:
Paul Stamets Talks on Living Sustainably, the Health Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Food and Health Problems Associated with Intensive Animal Farming.
It’s worth watching the full 13 minutes, they are a little fancy talking in between Paul speaking but it’s few and far between really so bare with it and enjoy.
The main thing I took from this was Paul saying how we need to preserve ancient forests as they house these beneficial fungi that could and in fact do hold the key to the “cures” of many diseases, specifically H1N1 flu pandemics.
“Interview with vegan author Paul Stamets, who is a world-renowned American mycologist and botanist specializing in fungi. He shares with us the medical applications of fungi and its roles in rehabilitating the environment. Most important, he reminds us to eat the organic vegan diet and locally as much as possible in order to preserve biodiversity in our ecosystem.”