Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Fungi Ethics

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_603



The fungi industry is mushrooming. Both in terms of an ever-increasing proportion of human diets and as a blight decimating crops as climates change and ecologies erode, fungi are an ever-present but oft-overlooked element of food and agricultural ethics. Perhaps because of fungi’s Janus role as Paracelsian poison and medicine, depending upon the species, their discussion in food and agricultural ethics is only now emerging. Fungi ethics as a topic, however, cannot be broached without also implicating plant and soil ethics. Food nutrition and productivity reflect soil health, and attending to soil quality often requires reversing industrial agricultural practices to reconsider and relearn ethnobotanical practices such as terra preta, no-till farming, silviculture, and permaculture. The emerging ecological paradigm in forestry and agriculture increasingly attends to mycorrhizae, the undersoil fungal networks...

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  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA