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A Fungus Future?

A Fungus Future?

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, March 23, 2018/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 plastic". We are now living that future and plastic has become more of an environmental problem than anyone ever expected in the mid-20th Century. Plastic waste engulfs city landfills, the oceans have floating gyers of plastic debris, and wildlife is being harmed by eating plastic bits thinking they are morsels of food. A solution may be closer than expected.

The natural ability of fungi to produce materials with the durability of plastic, but also with the ability to decompose back into organic molecules when discarded, offers much hope if produced on an industrial scale. A small company in California may be showing us that "the future is fungus" is almost here:



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