3. The Inner Lives of Fungi - Expeditions, Advocacy and Poetics
With Giuliana Furci & Sophie Strand.
Oh, the fungi! Without them we’d have no plants, no trees, no chocolate, no beer, yogurt, baked bread – all the good things! Yet despite their burgeoning popularity, science has barely scratched the surface of mapping and understanding the hidden world of fungi.
The more we learn, the more these ecosystem architects warp our minds of what we think is possible. They digest toxic radiochemical waste. Their mycelium networks with plant roots are the planet’s ecological stock exchanges. They stitch together ecosystems, sequester carbon, drive global nutrient cycles and underpin the world’s biodiversity. The entire way this kingdom of life sees and lives, its experienced lifeworld, is so entirely different to anything else on this planet.
Today we hear from two very distinct voices who speak on behalf of fungi. Giuliana Furci is the founder of the Fungi Foundation, the world’s first association that works on behalf of fungi, and Chile’s first female mycologist. Giuliana is a Harvard University Associate, Dame of the Order of the Star of Italy, and Co-Chair of the IUCN Fungal Conservation Committee.
Sophie Strand is one of the most brilliant rising writers on everything ranging from ecology, myth, mycelium and animism. With Sophie we traverse the terrain of fungal fermentation, compost heaps, deviant animal sex (yes you read that correctly), living with disability, Jesus, and fungal gods. It’s a good one.
Episode Website Link: lifeworld.earth/episodes/the-inner-lives-of-fungi
- Fungi: Lifeworlds Resource Page
- The Fungi Foundation
- Giuliana Furci personal website
- Video: Let Things Rot
- NYT: Unearthing the Secret Superpowers of Fungus
- Sophie Strand Website
- Sophie’s Substack
- Article: The Animate Everything
Look out for meditations, poems, readings, and other snippets of inspiration in between episodes.
Photo Credit: Steven Axford