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Radical Mycology Fungi are found throughout the world often playing critical roles at the center of all ecological webs As culturally important foods and medicines as well as instigators of religious practices they have been intimately tied to the development and spread of human societies And yet despite their numerous influences on the history of the world fungi are completely disregarded by the majority of people todayIn 2006 Peter McCoy founded Radical Mycology a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the many ways to work with fungi for personal societal and ecological health Nearly a decade later McCoy has written Radical Mycology to share the wide array of skills and insights that have arisen from the organization’s international work to advance the science of appropriately applied mycology Shattering commonly held beliefs on the value of the Fungal ueendom Radical Mycology definitively explores the many reasons that fungi should no longer be ignored but instead honored and embraced for the many gifts they offer The result is the most comprehensive book on mycology—the science of fungi—ever publishedInterwoven with short essays on the lessons of the fungi Radial Mycology begins with chapters that explore the uniueness of fungal biology the critical ecological roles of micro and macro fungi how to accurately identify mushrooms and mycorrhizal fungi the importance of lichens as medicines and indicators of environmental uality and the profound influences that fungi have held on the evolution of all life and human cultures With this foundation laid the reader is then euipped to work with the fungi directly Techniues for making potent fungal medicines growing fermenting fungi for food and cheaply cultivating mushrooms using recycled tools and yet still achieving lab uality results are explored in depth Subseuent chapters grow far beyond the limits of other books on mushrooms Detailed information on the principles and practices of natural mushroom farming—largely influenced by the design system of permaculture—is presented along with extensive information on cultivating mycorrhizal fungi and the science of mycoremediation the application of fungi to mitigate pollution in the environment and in our homes The book ends with deeper insights into the social effects that fungi present from the reflection of mycelial networks in the design of whole societies to a rigorous examination of the history of psychoactive fungiWritten for the beginner as well as the experienced mycologist Radical Mycology is an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in Do It Yourself or Do It Together homesteading community organizing food security natural medicine grassroots bioremediation and the evolution of human fungal ecological relations More than a book on mushrooms Radical Mycology is a call to ally with the fungi in all efforts to spawn a healthier world Heavily referenced and vibrantly illustrated by the author this unprecedented book will undoubtedly remain a classic for generations to come

8 thoughts on “Radical Mycology

  1. says:

    My copy came via Goodreads giveaways I have not yet read the whole book but it's clear that the author 'radically' envisions a future involving some mutually beneficial interactions symbioses? between humans and mushrooms The illustrations are both attractive and helpful apparently for beginners like me and pros alike he sees mycology becoming a people's science; as long as risks are managed appropriately it sounds promising to me

  2. says:

    Great book to expose yourself to the diversity of the fungal Kingdom Covering biology organic chemistry mushroom hunting cultivation dyeing lichen and much If you want to learn about wild edible mushrooms and plants check out mnforager on instagram and Ironwood Foraging Co on facebook and at IronwoodForagingcom

  3. says:

    Never knew there was so information about mushroomsExcellent resource

  4. says:

    This was a wonderful book It really is the cutting edge of Mycology today I cant wait to see what else McCoy will publish next

  5. says:

    Finishing this has been a work of dedication mainly because I found it hard to get through a chapter without making extensive notes copying diagrams opening up Wikipedia and then telling everyone I know about the incredible science I just readThis book has committment nuance depth I really respect and appreciate McCoy's dedication to bringing it all together

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    If you eat food this is essential reading

  8. says:

    A fantastic work for those wanting a deep understanding of mycology Well written and researched Peter lays down his knowledge while striking a perfect balance of theory and practice

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