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A Fungal Future

A Fungal Future

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Categories: natural history, video, sustainability, art and design, environment

                                                 Five Fungi Collage (credit: Wikicommons)

In the 1963 film The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman was advised that "the future is in plastic". We are now living that future. Hydrocarbon-based plastics have become an environmental problem than few could have expected in the mid-20th Century. Plastic waste engulfs city landfills, the oceans have floating gyres of plastic debris, and marine wildlife is being harmed by eating plastic bits thinking they are morsels of food. A solution may be closer than appreciated.

The ability of fungi to produce natural materials with the durability of plastic, but also the ability to decompose back into organic molecules when discarded, offers hope if they can be produced on an industrial scale. A small venture company in California may be showing "the future is in fungi" could be near:



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