Note — Nov 28, 2021

The Earth’s Secret Miracle Weapon Is Not a Plant or an Animal. It’s Fungi

Seen in → No.198

Source → theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/11/f...

Fungi are everywhere, fungi do all the things, fungi are essential to our way of life, fungi are not researched enough, and fungi could save the day. And also, “for too long macroscopic diversity and species on earth have been referred to using the now obsolete term flora & fauna, or just plants and animals instead of fauna, flora & funga, or animals, fungi and plants.”

Fungi are responsible for almost all our food production, and most of our processed materials. They are also to be thanked for many of the important medical breakthroughs in human history that treat both physical and mental ailments, for naturally sequestering and slowly releasing carbon, for optimizing industrial processes, and so much more. […]

We have also discovered the cholesterol-lowering statins in fungi, life-saving antibiotics like penicillin, the medicines that allow for organ transplants to be successful, and we are now finally accepting and legalizing medicinal compounds made by fungi to treat urgent and life-threatening mental health ailments such as PTSD and depression.