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The 52nd-annual Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, 2023. Celebrated globally since 1970, this annual event aims to highlight the importance of protecting our planet. Earth Day initiatives support the green revolution’s goals of “action on climate change, educate on sustainable food systems, sustainable fashion, and ending plastic pollution, and recruit millions of concerned citizens into the environmental movement.”
Reading through that list is a reminder that the fungi kingdom is the unsung hero in nature, working behind the scenes and underfoot to support everyone that calls this planet home. That’s why, this Earth Day, we encourage you to remember all that mushrooms do for us!
Saving the planet is a topic that gets dark and heavy rather quickly. Thankfully, swapping a meal with meat for one made with mushrooms is a downright joyful and delicious experience. Experiment with different mushroom species that you find at local farmers’ markets and your grocery store. Find inspiration and new recipes in the Fantastic Fungi Community Cookbook.
You can also gather your favorite seasonal mushrooms in the fields and forests near your home — but be mindful of the best practices for foraging. Remember to leave no trace (and bring along a bag to pick up stray litter you encounter) and take only what’s fair, leaving plenty behind to thrive in nature.
Certain mushrooms grow like magic, practically before your eyes. Growing kits are a rewarding and affordable way to start “farming” mushrooms even in small spaces. Mushrooms grow differently than plants, so even if you have a “black thumb” or can’t keep plants alive, you can learn how to cultivate mushrooms.
There are so many ways to bring mushrooms into your daily rituals and routines. Give thanks for the fungi kingdom by integrating a couple new products into your daily life. From gummies and capsules, ready-to-drink lattes to hot cocoa mix, you have so many options! Or try our new line of Fantastic Fungi Mushroom Drops, with six different formulations made with intention and integrity.