Mushrooms are pretty cool, but also very mysterious and alien-like to many. For some reason, I’ve been on a mushroom binge of sorts where I’ve spent a lot of time lately learning about mushrooms. I recently stumbled upon this awesome TED Talk by Jae Rhim Lee explaining why she plans to be buried in a mushroom spore suit. She created the suit to essentially eat and compost her body. This is much more ecological and environmentally friendlier than any of the currently available alternatives.
I learned from the “docurama” entitled “Know Your Mushrooms” that using mushrooms to clean up other things is actually what they do best. The short film (seen at Hulu in its entirety) explains many facets of the mushroom kingdom (ahh pun) and how mushrooms do a lot for us. As an example, one part of the documentary shows how oyster mushrooms can be used to clean up oil spills. Not only do the mushrooms absorb the toxic substances, they actually eliminate them. This means that the oyster mushrooms are completely safe to eat after they, themselves, had a delicious meal of fossil fuel.
So go ahead, start researching mushrooms. They’re rather fascinating! While you’re add it, show off your pride with a custom mushroom flask. Cheers!Documentaries, Mushrooms, TED Talk