Monday, June 18, 2012

Mushrooms to the rescue

Someone over on the BYAP forums commented on Mycelium Running in my book box.

I love the idea of mushrooms, even though I'm not terribly fond of the taste of most of them. But what excites me the most is that, as the author (Paul Stamets) of this book has proven, mushrooms are really, really good at breaking down petroleum, and therefore may play a critical role in cleaning up our environment.

So, here in the United States (not sure how true this is in the rest of the world), we have a big problem with water polluted by drugs: caffeine, prozac, estrogen etc.  If mushrooms can break down petroleum, could we find (or engineer) one that would break down drug molecules?

For those of us trying to close our personal loops (with grey water systems, etc) drug-busting mushrooms could become a critical part of our home (or business) ecosystems.

Failing that, buy my friend Jeremy's Cherry Tree House Mushrooms at Seward Coop!

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