Paul Stamets is the Albert Einstein of mushrooms. In his book called Mycelium Runner, he goes through some of the ways mushrooms can help save the world.
Here are a several:
-oyster mushrooms can be used to restore landscapes that are damaged by oil spills by breaking down and consuming oil.
– Fungi are more closely related to animals than plants. There immune systems have immense potential for creating new medicines like antibiotics and vaccines.
– Mycelium can be put into burlap sacs below areas where excrement from livestock pollutes rivers and eat it all up.
Paul gave a good overview of his book at a lecture at ted talks entitled: 6 ways Mushrooms can save the world.
There are very few things that make me feel optimistic about the future of the human race. This is one of them. Unfortunately, as I was reminded by savages, the problem isn’t that humans don’t have the ability to change the problems that the world faces, the problem is that we don’t implement these ideas in any meaningful way.