Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy

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Explore the fascinating world of fungi with our comprehensive 650-page ‘Mushroom Bible.’ This essential guide covers a wide array of topics, including mushroom cultivation, myco-remediation, and more, making it indispensable for both novice cultivators and anyone curious about the realm of fungi. As one of the most accessible texts on mycology, it offers unique and current insights into both the science and art of the field.

In 2006, Peter McCoy founded Radical Mycology, a grassroots initiative aimed at educating about the diverse applications of fungi for personal, societal, and ecological health. A decade later, McCoy authored Radical Mycology, distilling the extensive knowledge and practical skills developed through the organization’s global activities to advance mycological science in real-world settings. The book challenges existing views on the importance of fungi, compellingly advocating for their recognition and integration due to their countless beneficial properties.

Radical Mycology intertwines informative essays on fungal lessons, starting with an exploration of fungal biology, the critical ecological roles of both micro and macro fungi, and methods for accurate mushroom and mycorrhizal fungi identification. It discusses lichens as environmental health indicators and explores the significant impact of fungi on the evolution of life and human cultures. Armed with this foundational knowledge, readers are guided through direct interactions with fungi, including making potent fungal medicines, cultivating fermenting fungi for food, and economical mushroom cultivation using recycled materials with results comparable to laboratory conditions.

Expanding beyond traditional mushroom-focused literature, the book delves into regenerative natural mushroom farming, influenced heavily by permaculture principles, cultivation of mycorrhizal fungi, and myco-remediation techniques for environmental detoxification. It concludes with a deep dive into the cultural significance of fungi, discussing their influence on human societal designs and the history of psychoactive mushrooms.

Throughout, McCoy offers personal insights and reflective perspectives based on over 15 years of hands-on experience and study in mycology. By the end, readers will be well-equipped to integrate mycology into various aspects of their lives, communities, and environments.

Featuring step-by-step protocols for beginners through advanced practitioners, numerous photographs, illustrations, appendices, and profiles of 100 different species, Radical Mycology is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in DIY or collaborative homesteading, community organizing, food security, natural medicine, grassroots bioremediation, and fostering human-fungal-ecological relationships. More than just a book about mushrooms, Radical Mycology is a manifesto encouraging alliances with fungi to foster a healthier world. Richly detailed with extensive references and illustrations by the author, this seminal work is set to be a classic reference for future generations.

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* Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chthaeus Press
* Language ‏ : ‎ English
* Paperback ‏ : ‎ 672 pages
* ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0986399604
* ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0986399602
* Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.96 x 25.4 x 3.81 cm

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