Mushrooms are good to eat, but can they also clean up toxic waste? Well according to eco-entrepreneur Sam Nugent the answer is yes, and he has this to say: “My partners and I plan to develop a market for using mushrooms to clean up contaminated soils. By enhancing soil conditions and providing adequate biomass, we can create an environment which rejuvenates the soil and disintegrates chemical compounds. Enhanced growing conditions provide a vigorous colonization of the soil, breaking down toxic elements into benefcial soil components and returning the soil to a healthy state. Despite facing some regulatory hurdles, we are confident that fungal remediation is a cost-effective way to recycle contaminated soils.”

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