Monday March 24, 2014 7:00-9:00 pm (note change from the usual 2nd Monday)
Members admitted at 6:00, non-members at 6:30
PLEASE NOTE: This will be a popular event and space is limited. We are expecting this presentation to be very popular and regulations limit the maximum number of people we can accomodate in the meeting room. When we reach capacity we cannot allow anyone else into the venue. In the event that we reach capacity, and have to turn people away, we ask for your undertsanding of the situation.
"Mushrooms for People and Planet: Ancient Allies for Modern Maladies", Two hours with mycologist Paul Stamets.
Join Paul Stamets, speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, for an informative lecture on mushrooms that aims to deepen your understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep you take on this path of life. His presentation will cover a range of mushroom species and new research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and planet.
"We are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction ("6 X") on planet Earth. Our biosphere is quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into action policies and technologies that can cause a course correction in the very near future, species diversity will continue to plummet, with humans not only being the primary cause, but one of the victims. What can we do? Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions, which can be put into practice now."
The central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are the cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement.
Speaker Bio –
Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.), is the founder of Fungi Perfecti (www.fungi.com) and Host Defense Organic Mushrooms (www.hostdefense.com) , and has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored four new species of mushrooms, received eight patents, written six books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and functional food mushroom cultivation. Two of his books, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator have been heralded as the 'bibles' of the mushroom industry. His latest book, Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, has propelled his vision of using mushrooms to help save ecosystems and improve population health to the world stage. Paul sees the ancient Old Growth forests of the Pacific Northwest as a resource of incalculable value, especially in terms of its fungal genome. A dedicated hiker and explorer, his passion is to preserve and protect as many ancestral strains of mushrooms as possible from these pristine woodlands. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Host Defense mushroom products goes toward research to save rare strains of mushrooms that dwell within the old growth forests.
Paul has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the science of medicinal mushrooms and ecology. His TED (2008) talk "How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World" has been rated in the top 10 of all TED talks, and viewed more than 1,800,000 times. His TEDMED (2011) introduced medicinal mushrooms to more than 800 physicians. Both TED and TEDMED talks have received 99% positive reviews on youtube.com.In January of 2014, Paul received the highly acclaimed NAMA (North American Mycological Association) award for expanding the field of mycology for both amateurs and professionals.
We are meeting at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. (Map)