Utilize the diverse natural abilities of fungi to support soil and ecosystem health and thereby slow climate change, feed people, and promote a more resilient future.
Fungi play a crucial role in maintaining soil health and ecosystem function, as well as providing global sources of food and medicine. From molds to yeasts to mushrooms and mycelium, fungi can be found in nearly every habitat, including urban ones. Often overlooked (literally) and underappreciated, these diverse organisms can play a crucial role in mitigating climate change, feeding people, restoring degraded land, cleaning up environmental pollution, and supporting resilient economies. They offer many benefits, such as aiding carbon storage and sequestration, soil regeneration, and ecosystem restoration, as well as supporting Indigenous and traditional foodways. We can create a more sustainable and resilient future by investing in research to understand the role of fungi in our ecosystems, integrating fungi into regenerative agricultural practices, and developing natural products that utilize their many benefits.