This is Stamets at his best going into great detail about his numerous discoveries and experiences about and with mushrooms. There is too much packed into this video to summarise effectively – If you’ve made it to this blog site you will probably find this video hugely inspiring and informative. I urge you to watch it.
This short video relatively simply explains how fungi act as a network connecting trees in a forest ecosystem to facilitate the sharing of nutrients from tree to tree through a mycorrhizal relationship that also allows the fungi and an individual tree to share nutrients for mutual benefit. To me this is the key process, along with the role of fungi in breaking down organic matter into soil, by which the forest ecosystem thrives and is able to support all the other life associated with it.
This is the first video that inspired me to explore the use of mushrooms to reverse some of the damage that we as a species have inflicted on our collective home – the biosphere of planet Earth.
I am captivated (or be-mushroomed) by the incredible possibilities that our fungal friends offer us as a species and by their role in supporting all the life systems of nature.
“Living in harmony with our natural environment is key to our health as individuals and as a species. As ecological disrupters, humans challenge the immune systems of our environment beyond their limits. The rule of nature is that when a species exceeds the carrying capacity of its host environment, its food chains collapse and diseases emerge to devastate the population of the threatening organism. I believe we can come into balance with nature using mycelium to regulate the flow of nutrients. Now is the time to ensure the future of our planet and our species by partnering, or running, with mycelium.”
-From Paul Stamets’ book ‘Mycelium Running’