How Eating Fungi Saves the World

How Eating Fungi Saves the World
Prime Roots

by Prime Roots
April 07, 2020 5 min read

Fungi?! Ewwwww.

  • Not really. We're not talking toe fungus here.
  • We're talking shrooms. Yes, even the kind you put on your pizza.
  • It's the beginning of 2020 and the UN's Climate Change Report announced in 2019 that we have 12 years left before catastrophic and irreversible changes occur on our planet. 
  • TWELVE YEARS. That's not a lot of time, folks.
  • It's well past time to take a serious look into the actions we can take as individuals to decrease our carbon footprint, boost our environmental protection, and support ecotarian movements.

Environmental impacts of eating meat

Yeah, yeah. We understand you love your animal products. We don't blame you! Meat is yummy! But just hear us out.

Animal agriculture isn't just killing animals

The meat industry statistics are scary.

  • The mass production and manufacturing of meat products produces more greenhouse emissions than all the different types of transportation in the world combined
  • The top 20 meat and dairy companies emitted more greenhouse gases in 2016 than all of Germany. A country famous for its cars and technology is not surprisingly Europe’s biggest Climate polluter. If these meat and dairy companies were considered countries, they would be the world’s seventh largest greenhouse gas emitter. That's just for the top 20.
  • And that's not even taking into account all the trees that are cut down and land that is cleared to sustain the animals used to make your burgers and bacon.
  • The bottom line? We're killing the planet by eating meat.

Environmental impacts of commercial fishing

Oh. You thought being a pescatarian was better? Maybe better for your health, but not the environment.

The rise of veganism and flexitarians

We know you've seen the trend and probably rolled your eyes at the increasing number of your friends, family, and coworkers who are transitioning to a meatless or meat-reduced diet.

  • Another fad.
  • We disagree. This trend is probably here to stay.
  • Modern-day commercial animal agriculture and growing health concerns has caused a 300% increase in veganism in the UK. The majority of the rest of the world has also seen similar increases in the past five years.
  • So if you’re one of those people who has decided to quit, or cut back meat consumption, you might be wondering... What will I now eat instead? Well, lucky for you, mother nature has created quite the miraculous substance that can not only exquisitely replicate the flavor and texture of meats, but it’s also a super protein and packed with nutrition.
  • What is this seafood alternative? This meat alternative? Well, it’s fungi of course.

The Benefits of Fungi

Fungi could be considered one of the most diverse, flexible and unique families on our planet. Their superhero-like abilities can range from fighting cancer to cleaning up pollution. Amongst the agroforestry experts, doctors and environmental activists there is a general consensus: fungi can save the world.

  • A little bit about Fungi:
  • A study in 2011 showed that there are upwards of 5.1 million species of fungi, with many remaining undiscovered and unknown to humans.
  • The astonishing biodiversity means they have colonized and taken over the most surprising of places.
  • Of course, the most easily recognizable fungi are mushrooms. These have been recently hailed as the newest superfoods the perfect seafood, meat super protein plant-based alternative for foodies.

Did you know? Fun Fungi Facts.

Fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.

  • The largest living organism is a fungus found in the Blue Mountains in Oregon.
  •  Fungi are the decomposers in the natural world.
  •  Mushrooms are the most well-known type of fungi.
  • Other fungi include the fuzzy white growth on tempeh, various molds, and toadstools.
  • Probably the strangest fungi are single-celled parasites that infect beetles and take over their bodies.
  • Fungi has been used as medicine for thousands of years, with Penicillin being the most famous medication made by mold.

Health Benefits

Fungi are considered a super protein, since it has a ton of vitamins and minerals crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Prime Roots focuses on growing the roots of the fungi, which are higher in protein than the more commonly known mushroom caps.

  • Did you know that the majority of the ‘mushroom’ is actually underground? That they can make extensive ‘internet-like’ networks and communicate across large distances? Trees in forests use the information superhighways that allow plants to communicate and share resources.
  • These protein-packed roots are then processed to create a variety of products to enrich foodies' diets. Meat-free and fish free healthier alternatives. All of which are easy to digest, sustainable, allergen free, plant-based and non-gmo.
  • Mushrooms can prevent and treat many diseases along with boosting overall health, all the while healing the planet. How?

  1. Mushrooms are low in calories and contain large amounts of fiber and protein.
  2. A raw cup of mushrooms will contain 15 calories, 2.3 grams of carbohydrates, 2.2 grams of proteins and 0.7grams of fat.
  3. They contain large amounts of beta glucans which is a form of soluble dietary fiber that improves cholesterol levels and boosts heart health.
  4. Fungi is also packed micronutrients such as B vitamins, phosphorus, iron, selenium, potassium, copper and vitamin D. These all help in energy products, iron utilization, the integrity of connective tissues, developing of antioxidant enzymes, lowering blood pressure and proper nerve control.
  5. They have as many antioxidants as many fruits and vegetables.
  6. Fungi gives your immune system a boost.
  7. They possess anti-inflammatory powers.
  • Others have been found to prevent respiratory infections.
  • They also alter gut bacteria for a healthier balance, aiding people to fight obesity.
  • Mushrooms are fantastically healthy, but what if you do not like eating them? Or are unsure of which ones to eat? Or how to eat them?
  • Check out the Prime Roots Blogs/Recipes page for recipes! Or try our freshly prepared heat and eat meals that contain plant-based meat for a meat-lover's cravings! 
  • We're pretty certain you'll love them. Whether you're already a plant-based food lover or not!


Eating fungi saves the world

In comparison to animal agriculture, growing and producing fungi plant-based alternatives requires no killing, large amounts of carbon emissions or bycatch.

  • Fungi are a vital part of the ecosystem and can be easily incorporated in many permacultures, home gardens, and sustainable farming systems.
  • And here at Prime Roots, we're fans of nourishing people and planet.
  • Shrooms for the win!



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