We may finally have a solution to the plant killer Monsanto: MycoPesticide, a super spectacular amazing natural pesticide created, or better said, realized by Paul Stamets. This special man that is king of mushrooms has found a possible way to bring down Monsanto that carelessly tests chemicals on you, me, your children, and the planet!
Paul Stamets should be a household name because he just may have saved all of our lives. He has developed a safe way to protect our ecology while protecting our crops. First off, I might as well disappoint you now, this is a product in development and not currently available. Proper testing is being done and may take time unlike the creeps at Monsanto! I can say testing is promising and showing real results!!
“I love a challenge and saving the Planet seems like a good one.”- Paul Stamets
I will be watching for investment opportunities in this idea. Paul’s MycoPesticide and other patents are sure to be used in every continent in the next 10 years. At least, this is my opinion on the matter.
The proprietary Metarhizium anisopliae spore strain is not currently available for sale. After years of testing, Paul is seeking EPA approval. This is patent, as well as many other patents from Paul, focus on a natural way to handle many pests that are currently dealt with through synthetic chemicals.
Luckily, Paul Stamets is anti-GMO and is not using any of those gene-splicing procedures. Instead, he is using the same processes many plant breeders use. His way of creating what he needs is like a good old fashioned pairing. He just uses tissue cultures like we can do ourselves at home if we really wanted to.
What does the MycoPesticide do?
The Paul Stamets MycoPesticide uses a fungus that produces a chemical attractant in the mycelial state. Some 200,000 pests that damage crops are attracted to the spores which attach to the pests. The spores attached to the pests will now germinate and penetrate the insect: weakening it and eventually killing it.
Not only will the pest die, but before it does, it brings the spores back to its nest and spreads the same destruction onto all his buddies that would eat my peas and kill my honey bees! This may sound brutal, but it’s effective and won’t leach into our water supplies like pesticides do.
This process will not harm us, bees, wildlife, fish, nor non-targeted insects. This won’t even need to be sprayed on crops. Since pests seek this MycoPesticide out, the farmer can really set out food bowls. This can even be hung on feeders that only pests can access, or just sprinkled down rows of plants.
This MycoPesticide is naturally occurring. Paul explains that any farmer with a manure pile may already be growing the mushroom that he is using. What Paul has done is found the most efficient strain from this mushroom, and found a process to weaponize it.
The great news is that if all continues to go well, we can talk farmers into using MycoPesticide over chemical pesticides. This step alone would help our bee population return.
Secondly, honey bees are being attacked by the Varroa mite. This mite can take over a hive and cause disease to our honey maker and pollinator. The great news is Paul really loves his honey! He must because he found another way (which he has patented) to help protect our future. Current testing and approval for a natural way to take out these Varroa mites has been invented by Paul using another mushroom strain.
The future is looking brighter now, and I feel optimistic. Mushrooms, specifically mushroom spores, will be able to help us cure many of the terrible ills caused by man. I wonder if we had not destroyed so many trees and habitats would we have these issues or would mushrooms have been doing this on their own? I bet they would. Nature is always the best custodian and keeps balance.
“If you look on the fungal genome as being soldier candidates protecting the U.S. as our host defense, not only for the ecosystem but for our population… we should be saving our old-growth forests as a matter of national defense.” -Paul Stamets
My only fear is that with this MycoPesticide, mono-crops will continue to get larger. Will Paul’s MycoPesticides eventually create superbugs in the long run, or will they always work? I am hopeful that this is a new path that will bring down Monsanto and its likes down, making the planet a healthier place.
If this works, there is no need for GMO seeds. Farmers wouldn’t need to spend vast amounts of money buying seed every year. We can go back to heirloom seeds that farmers can save. That would undoubtedly drop food prices and illnesses like cancer. This is definitely a step in the right direction.