by Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
Why you should be sipping our carefully curated selection of teas all year long...
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The fungus kingdom contains a wealth of diversity that humans have tapped into for thousands of years. The fruiting reproductive bodies of mycelium, i.e. mushrooms, serve many functions - as ingredients in our favorite dishes, as psychoactive substances, delicious tea, and medicine. However, the medicinal benefits of mushrooms are not exclusive to refined compounds found in pills and creams; you can improve your health by incorporating the right mushrooms into your diet. Whether or not you’re someone who brews a cuppa every chance you get (like yours truly), it could be time to make a routine of savoring these flavorful brews. Here at Zoom Out Mycology, we have four varieties of loose leaf teas that bring mushrooms into the mix, or nix tea leaves altogether. The result is earthy blends for every season with health incentives well worth the walk on the wild side.
Zoom Out has harnessed the power of three hearty mushrooms for our fungi fans. As Western research catches up to traditional Eastern medicine, more studies are backing beliefs about immunostimulation, antioxidant, anti aging and even anticancer properties (Researchgate). The potential health benefits of our teas are summarized in the table below. Read on to delve further into our blends and mycological heros, reishi, lion's mane, and maitake, to explore the magic within!
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by Luisa Black | Zoom Out Mycology
Virginia Beach, VA
On May 10th, 2017, a sailor on the Oceana Navy base of Virginia Beach, VA left a switch in the wrong position, and 94,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel spilled into the surrounding waterways, saltwater marshes, and ditches (Vergakis). Within days, dozens of animals in and around the affected waterways were found dead (Parker, “Jet fuel vapors”). Residents of the surrounding neighborhood of London Bridge reported sore throats, coughing, dizziness, headaches, and, perhaps most worrisomely, their children’s repeated nosebleeds in the immediate aftermath. The stench of burning gas hung heavy in the air for weeks afterward, choking the breath of those even briefly passing through (Parker, “Residents return”).
by Marena Gibson
Zoom Out Mycology implements different strategies in urban sustainability, with an ultimate goal of helping to fight climate change. We understand that humans are a part of the natural environment, rather than above or in control of it, and define sustainability as living in a way that doesn’t deplete natural resources--the destruction of which leads to a disruption in ecological balance.
ZOM uses several innovative and progressive approaches to tackle climate change:
In recent years, a coalition of the leading voices in the fight against climate change--composed of scholars, scientists, business leaders, activists, and more--have gathered to form a nonprofit organization, Project Drawdown. The mission of this organization is to research, develop, and present several solutions for climate change, but what sets them apart is that they’ve created a report to describe the global carbon reduction, monetary costs and savings, and societal impacts of these solutions in quantifiable numbers and statistics. They’ve actually ranked these solutions in order of the magnitude of their effect on carbon reduction.
Our Environmental Science blog strives to explain and expose environmental topics and concerns to a wide audience. We hope that this knowledge will help all of our readers embrace a healthy and sustainable lifestyle!