The Mushroom Man

Do you know The Mushroom Man?  Well, here he is, Paul Stamets.  He is an American mycologist (a biologist that studies fungi), author, and advocate of bioremediation (use of biological agents, such as bacteria or plants, to remove or neutralize contaminants, as in polluted soil or water) and medicinal mushrooms.

He believes that mushrooms can heal our planet.   They are the “neurological network of nature.”

Mr. Stamets’ research shows that these incredible fungal spores can:

  • Restore environmental habitats that have been destroyed by pollution
  • Naturally fight flu viruses and numerous other diseases
  • Be a natural insecticide without the pesticides
  • Create a sustainable fuel called Econol

Here are some quotes from Paul Stamets, along with some beautiful alien like fungi.


mushroom 1 orange fungus fungus-pleurotopsis-longinqua-custom Indigo mushroom white mushroom purple mushroom

Spend an ethereal 2 minutes watching Fantastic Fungi: The Forbidden Fruit.  It’s beautiful beyond words!

Another of Paul’s Projects:

Life Box

“The Life Box:  Plant a Box – Grow a Tree – Save a Planet.”

What a fantastic, feasible and fun-gi idea!

Fantastic Fungi is a film by Louie Schwartzberg.

Thank you Greenpeace USA for your article on Paul Stamets.

Photo Credits:

Jayson Emery

Derek Hauffe

Paul Broderick

Daniel Winkler

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  7 comments for “The Mushroom Man

  1. February 22, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Aw, I never knew that mushrooms possess such healing effect. Here, they are served as a special delicacy. Is it the same over there? Thanks for this very informative piece. I’ll endeavour to spread the good new.


    • February 23, 2013 at 3:07 am

      They probably are delicacies at fancy restaurants. But, not out here in the middle of nowhere Texas lol!


  2. February 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I love that guy. Read article by him and listened to his talk on TED. He makes the topic so interesting. Paulette


  3. Alex Z
    November 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hey, is there any chance you could cite the page numbers for those quotes? I’m trying to put together a presentation on Mushrooms and I’m trying to find them in Mycelium Running. Thanks!


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