Uncovered-The Ecological Solutions of Mycology


American mycologist and ecological entrepreneur

Organic farming is not inefficient, it is our lack of understanding and knowledge of how to maximise yields that is inefficient. Through growing ecological innovations, education and permaculture training, it is possible to change general agricultural practices to be more environmentally friendly and see organic farming harvests as being just as satisfactory to the needs of local communities.

By comparison, over a decade of unbiased scientific data, (not astroturfed), has shown that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and their accompanying pesticides and fertilisers are not only detrimental to local biodiversity, but also to human health causing cancer and severe organ damage and digestive problems in human health.

In a famous comprehensive two year study published in “Food and Chemical Toxicology” researchers led by Gilles-Eric Seralini from the independent French Research Group – CRIIGEN, found that rats fed on a diet containing NK603 Roundup tolerant GM maize or given water containing Roundup, at levels permitted in drinking water and GM crops in the US, the test subjects developed cancers faster and died earlier than rats fed on a standard diet. They suffered breast cancer and severe liver and kidney damage. Within hours of the published papers findings, there was a rain of backfiring letters and complaints from pro- GMO stakeholders and scientists. The UK’s Science Media Centre, an organisation that defends and promotes GM technology has taken funding from GMO companies like Monsanto and Syngenta, and led a vehement campaign to discredit one of the most detailed and thorough studies ever done on a GM food and its associated pesticide.

According to GMO Myths and Truths, a  300 page report by Genetic Engineering scientist John Fagan, PhD et al, Séralini’s critics soon turned their attention to putting pressure on to get the journal which had published the study to retract it. However, most of these unsubstantiated accusations were being made by people that had undisclosed conflicts of interest with the GM industry or industry-funded lobby groups or with organisations with vested interests in public acceptance of GM technology. The study was also dismissed by regulatory agencies, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); these were the same agencies which had previously approved GM foods as safe.

From an ecological perspective, genetically modified species are detrimental to biodiversity conservation as genetic material may affect other species negatively, and again, insufficient studies were carried out before GMOs have been released into the environment ignoring their environmental impact. We live with GM crops and GM material in food production and it will be a number of years before we see the full impact of these effects on the environment but we are already seeing the effects on human health of consuming foods with genetically modified materials in them.

To address alternatives to Roundup and other toxic pesticides, a new and wonderful organic alternative is now available thanks to the pioneering work of Paul Stamets,  who is a world leading expert on Mycology. He has successfully found a way to use fungi to keep insects from destroying crops and this means he holds the patent to the first successful eco-friendly pesticide control. His product is called SMART pesticides. These pesticides provide safe and permanent solutions for controlling over 200,000 species of insects, a patent that could put a large financial dent in Monsanto and other pesticide chemical producing giants. He also has produced ways to protect Bees and produced various innovations that are patented. His patents have potential to revolutionise the ecological ways in which humans grow crops, if his environmentally friendly products are made available to agriculture  throughout the world without any hindrance from conventional competition. The work of Stamets doesn’t stop there. He has discovered countless other revolutionary uses of mushrooms that are possible solutions for the world’s problems. Mushrooms can clean up oil spills, restore habitats, and treat against pox and flu viruses to producing a new form of ecological fuel from mycelium sugars, called ‘Econol’.

Here he presents a talk at the Exponential Medicine event and  shares his work exploring the diverse role fungi may have in saving the bees, mushrooms as medicines as well as their role in human evolution and consciousness.

We are leaving our children to inherit an environment that we have turned into an open air laboratory, with no regard to the negative environmental impacts of genetically modified organisms and geo-engineering on nature’s fragile ecosystems, biodiversity is already suffering, with a huge loss in over a quarter of insect pollinators, birds and amphibians. The full consequences and combination of these two on the environment are already of great concern to independent scientists and researchers and both could be the reason why we are seeing mass deaths of plants, insects, birds and animals. It is up to environmental researchers, ecological educators,  visionaries, and innovative scientists like Paul Stamets to continue to find ecological alternatives to the corpocracy that is irreversibly contaminating and destroying nature.


Carlita Shaw

The Silent Ecocide, the environmental crisis is a crisis of human consciousness

Further reading

World leading Mycologist expert Paul Stamets 

GMO information-

a) Report available for free download by John Fagan, PhD; Michael Antoniou, PhD; Claire Robinson, MPhil (19th May 2014) “GMO Myths and Truths”. Second edition, Published by Earth Opensource. 

b) Gilles-Eric Séralinia, Emilie Claira, Robin Mesnagea, Steeve Gressa, Nicolas Defargea, Manuela Malatestab, Didier Hennequinc, Joël Spiroux de Vendômoisa (November, 2012) “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize.” Food and Chemical Toxicology. Elsevier. Volume 50, Issue 11, Pages 4221–4231

c) Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering

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