Culture Dose | All About Fungi

We know that fashion is having a love affair with fungi. Companies like Bolt Threads have been working with Ganni and Stella McCartney on their Mylo leather. While Mycoworks is creating a mycellium based handbag with none other than Hermes. And the aesthetics of mushrooms have been an inspiration to Iris van Herpen.

And then psilocybin from mushrooms has gone from being “that weird hippie thing” to being looked at as a solution for everything from Alcoholism to PTSD. So here’s a bit more about this fabulous fungi.

Read: Entangled Life

fungi fun with Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

In the forest’s deep, dark thicket, rich soil, and vibrant green moss lives a diverse kingdom of life forms naked to the human eye. These organisms otherwise known as mushrooms thrive and fortify the ground beneath them. But what do we truly know about what goes on under the surface?

From yeast to psychedelics, to the complex network of the Wood Wide Web, biologist and author Merlin Sheldrake reframes our perspective on foraged fungi. His work Entangled Life explores mushrooms and their unique properties. From yeast to psychedelics to the complex network of the Wood Wide Web. Shifting from its natural habitat to its place in society Sheldrake also unpacks the organism’s role within society. As they heal our bodies, transform our minds, and remediate environmental disasters, Entangled Life confronts how fungus could be an integral tool for the future.

Watch: Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film about the mycelium network. It takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet. This is an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors like Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil, and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence, and solutions that the fungi kingdom offers. Solutions that address some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

Listen: Welcome to the Mushroom Hour

Welcome to the Mushroom Hour podcast

Over the past two years, the Welcome to the Mushroom Hour podcast has created a passionate community dedicated to the life of fungi. Admiring the organisms’ structure and healing properties, the podcast ventures on a journey to become seasoned mycologists, taking us along with. Speaking with foragers, creatives, doctors, and educators, listeners learn of the mycelium network and the ways in which mushrooms have inspired art and culture throughout history.

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–Kennedy Smith