Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee?

We’ve recently teamed up with Biographic, a multimedia magazine powered by the California Academy of Sciences, to document Washington States University and Fungi Perfecti by Paul Stamets‘ fight to save the honey bee using fungal extracts.

As part of this effort, we’ve produced an exciting short film that highlights how scientists have found a surprising new way to fight back. Get up close and personal with these extraordinary creatures that help feed the earth’s population. Continue Reading…

Louie Schwartzberg

Fungi-Inspired Ideas for Global Wellness Day 2015

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number one health problem in the world is surprisingly not a virus or a disease – it is depression — which is linked to insomnia, stress, weight gain and a trickle-effect of other symptoms that can spiral into disease. WHO also reports that there are 1.6 billion overweight adults globally and that most of the leading diseases are lifestyle induced. Continue Reading…

Fantastic Fungi

Make Better Meals From Scraps

Are you throwing away your broccoli stems and peach pits? Food writer, cookbook author and Fantastic Fungi Tribe Member Eugenia Bone says don’t. In her new book, “The Kitchen Ecosystem,” she writes that foods we normally throw away, such as leftover bones, pea pods or beet juice, can be used to enhance the flavor of other dishes.  Continue Reading…

An Elegant Solution to Save the Bees

An Elegant Solution to Save the Bees

Excerpt and Video by Paul Stamets

Mycologist, Fantastic Fungi Tribe member, and founder of Fungi Perfecti, Paul Stamets, recently revealed a breakthrough discovery that has the potential to change -and heal- our ecosystem. He proposes that there is a missing link that can dramatically influence bee health, and it’s right under our feet. Yes, it’s mycelium.

In his recent Bioneers keynote speech, Paul takes you on a journey of discovery beginning in 1984, when he first noticed bees from his hives flying from sunrise to sunset for more than 40 days, to a patch of mycelium he planted in his garden. Decades later, when Louie Schwartzberg asked Paul, “Can you help the bees?”, Paul remembered this strange occurrence, which reignited his interest in bees. His talk is a walk on the path of discovery – and may lead to a significant breakthrough in helping bees overcome the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder.