There have been five large mass extinction events in the past. Today, many scientists are predicting that we are in the middle of a sixth mass extinction event. Unlike past mass extinctions, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by humans. Our planet’s natural eco-system is collapsing. The soil we depend on is in jeopardy. The importance of healthy soil is evident yet we don’t know much about the ground under our feet.
Mycologist Paul Stamets believes that mushrooms can restore our eco-sytems and help save the planet.
Mycelium, the vast underground fungal network that mushrooms grow from, has incredible powers. Paul Stamets says “Mycelium offers the best solutions for carbon sequestration, for preserving biodiversity, for reducing pollutants, and for offering us many of the medicines that we need today, both human and ecological. Fungi, I think, hold the greatest potential solutions for overcoming the calamities that we face. I believe that 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. The mycelium stays in constant molecular communication with it’s environment, devising diverse enzymatic and chemical responses to complex challenges. I see the mycelium as the Earth’s natural Internet, a consciousness with which we might be able to communicate. Through cross-species interfacing, we may one day exchange information with these sentient cellular networks. Because these externalized neurological nets sense any impression upon them, from footsteps to falling tree branches, they could relay enormous amounts of data regarding the movements of all organisms through the landscape.”
Fungi played a vital role in our past and it maybe essential to our survival as a species.
Award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer Louie Schwartzberg is making a life-affirming, climate-changing and bee-saving film about mushrooms:
Mycelium is the leading star and Mycologist Paul Stamets is the main voice of this remarkable film. This kickstarter project needs our support. Please help Louie Schwartzberg to raise necessary funds to fulfill this important project.