Mycelium Miracle Workers

Mycology, the language of mushrooms, may well be the language that saves us from ourselves. We have managed to deplete our soils and bring on burgeoning health problems. The threat of more carnage continues.

Macrobiotic folks introduced us to healing mushrooms like Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms. Right now, most of us have no confidence in identifying/selecting the safe mushrooms that abound in our forests. We may think we know Chicken of the Woods, that bright orange-rimmed mushroom growing on trees, but what if we get it home, cook it up and it doesn’t taste like chicken? Oops!

Paul Stamets has a new book out, “Mycelium Running: How mushrooms can help save the world.” The book is an amazing tome, a tribute to mycelium, “the neurological network of nature.” The mycelium is a fungal network of threadlike cells whose fruiting bodies are mushrooms. Fungi create “ever-thickening layers of soil which allow future plant and animal generations to flourish.”

We learn that some forms of oyster mushroom can neutralize soils made toxic with Roundup and other poisonous pesticides that have leached through our soil to infect plants they are designed to protect. When we eat the plants or medications made with plant extracts, we are in fact consuming poisons that make us susceptible to disease.

When friends and I hiked up the Edmands Path to Mt. Eisenhower recently, we moved in wonder at the magic carpet of sphagnum moss (peat) that carpeted much of the forest the higher we hiked. How much easier it was to breath in the dense moisture the mosses held! We could only imagine the massive network of mycelium that made this growth possible. In order to have healthy soil, we need soil that welcomes mycelium, the fungal network that generates robust health in whatever grows above ground.

We need to learn the language of the forest, observe how lightly animals move through. We are not just protecting plants but the extensive mycelium networks that breathe life to the forest and us.

We are called to protect the Earth as never before. The Earth gives us our water, our food, our homes, our recreation, our music, our art, the sciences we study, and the very air we breathe.

Time to think about protecting and restoring soils that nourish all life on Earth.

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