Hi all. In the limitless dregs of the internet, I ran across this article/post/press release about this company that does mycelium-based carbon offset projects. They’ve developed a one-time water additive (that looks like a bath bomb) to inoculate a lawn with a fungus that they claim can draw down 1 ton of CO2/year/quarter acre of grass. I must admit I am intrigued, but I also wonder if it is feel-good useless greenwashing. If I had more time, I’d dig into their process and relevant research.... but I’m remote-schooling my five year old twins through the kindergarten in a pandemic, so that’s not in the cards. And the hive mind on permies is The Best!
It's a green wash is my feeling. I've read the article. They state, they want to sell mycelium(which one?) to absorb CO2 to people who are tired of waiting for the government. Which sounds great, but mycelium has other needs than just grass.They completely brush over those needs and present it like a magical fix all.
Which i doubt you need, because fungi are everywhere anyway. Just give them moisture, something to chew on and the right grass etc.
On the other hand they might be the best mycelium for capturing CO2 but what grass do people grow anyway? Grasses come in all sorts, which mycelium binds best with which grasses. It's the grasses choosing the mycelium they like to team up with. So you can throw the miracle cute cubicles and they might even not be compatible. But who cares? People are not going to know or care to find out which grass monoculture they are nurturing with chemicals, pesticides and fungicides.
There is a world to win, but companies tend to sell these panaceas, and the cooler they look, the less i trust them.
Guilty until proven innocent goes for all companies in my universe.