PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH MYCOLOGY
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The Concordia Mycological Society was created in the winter semester of 2021, with the goal of bringing the study of mycology to fellow Concordians. We view fungi as more than just funky, interesting organisms; we see them as a crucial part towards a more sustainable future. From growing various mushrooms at home to foraging our own, avoiding importing mass-farmed foods is a critical way to reduce our carbon footprint. Moreover, mushrooms can be used for various purpose; they can be used as a natural dye, as meat alternatives, as a natural medicine and even as biodegradable insulation that can replace polystyrene foam.
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Ultimately, we aim to contribute to a greener future by helping Concordians learn about the wonderful world of mushrooms and how they can be part of it.
A Letter from the Board
Dear CSU Clubs Committee,
My name is Fawaz Halloum, an undergraduate student at Concordia University. I am writing you today to propose the creation of the Concordia Mycological Society (CMS), hereon after referred to as “the Club”.
The club will seek to provide an enriching scientific environment that allows students, from both science and non-science backgrounds, to discover the world of Mycology. This club will promote the sustainable and responsible cultivation, identification, and conservation of mushrooms and other species in the fungal kingdom. It aims to educate and engage the student body on a new front in the fight against climate change and ecological destruction that is the role of mushrooms, which had been suffering extinction of its biodiversity on an unprecedented scale. The club aims to do so through promoting scientific and educational activities related to fungi to foster an appreciation of wild and cultivated mushrooms.
The Club will add to the sustainability culture at Concordia by working along other initiative which are centered around composting and recycling on campus. Fungi have a high degree of resilience and they work together in colonizing different biological substrates in fascinating ways. They can eat through compostable waste which often end up emitting methane gas into the atmosphere in landfills. Moreover, fungal species help clean algae-infested lakes and other bodies of water. Fungus species have been used as biofuel, paper, and plastic replacement. The medicinal and edible qualities of other species have become world renowned.
The fungal kingdom stands as a true testimony of sustainability and resilience in multitude of ways which this Club is excited to share with the Concordia Student Union and the student body at-large. We will fundraise by selling Liquid Culture, Cultures on petri-dishes, fresh and dehydrated edible gourmet mushrooms (with detailed nutritional label), sterilized grain bags and other Mycology related items. Mushrooms have also been integral to many different indigenous societies’ diets; this club looks forward to learning, discovering and researching mushrooms’ in the context of a humanistic view which privileges the experience of the aboriginal groups of this continent. Please, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.