Why the hidden world of fungi is essential to life on Earth | Curio
News and insights read out for you.
10,000+ audio articles. 50+ world-leading publications.

All in 1 subscription.

The Guardian logo

Why the hidden world of fungi is essential to life on Earth

8 mins | Oct 17, 2020
story image
Fungi have long supported and enriched life on our planet. They must be protected fiercely. "As you read these words, fungi are changing the way that life happens, as they have done for more than a billion years. They are eating rock, making soil, digesting pollutants, nourishing and killing plants, surviving in space, inducing visions, producing food, making medicines, manipulating animal behaviour, and influencing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere." Merlin Sheldrake argues that fungi must be protected at all costs.
Get unlimited access free for 7 days, then $6.67/month (billed annually)
Get started