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 Alyssa Leavy & Bashira Muhammad | Zoom Out Mycology
20. Kari Fulton, inspired by a trip to the Ninth Ward following Hurricane Katrina, brought that sense of service back to D.C. with a grant for community projects. Kari’s greatest strength is her commitment to meeting people halfway on environmental issues; whether your interest is fashion, journalism or music, she will look for a way to weave eco-friendly practices into your life. Fulton was recently appointed as the Interim Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change (EJCC) Initiative, a coalition of leading organizations and voices for climate justice.
Fun Fact: Kari follows the work of Robert Bullard, known as the father of environmental justice, and quotes his message that “if you breathe the air... you’re an environmentalist.”
by Bashira Muhammad & Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
According to Daryl Michael Scott, Professor of History at Howard University and Vice President of Program for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Black History Month grew our of Carter G. Woodson's belief that publishing scientific history would transform race relations by dispelling the wide-spread falsehoods about the achievements of Africans and peoples of African descent. Woodson wanted to popularize the findings that were published in his scientific journal, "The Journal of Negro History". He teamed up with Black civic organizations and his fraternity brothers, in Omega Psi Phi, to make the information more widespread than ever and they achieved that goal. With Black people migrating North and West in the United States, demand for Black History in bigger and more progressive cities and the schools increased. In 2018, Zoom Out Mycology, a Black owned company, is keeping up with that tradition of popularizing the history and scientific achievements made by Black people as a whole because they've impacted and inspired us in so many ways. But remember, Woodson wanted Negro History Week to be a culmination of what was learned all year. We post articles related to the progression and sustainability of the Black community year-round in our Environmental Justice Column! Check it out here.
Have you read the precursor to this post? Read Part 1 here.
10. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin helped found the Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment. He has served as the sustainability policy advisor to Mayor Bloomberg and as the Director of Community Affairs at the NYC DEP. Mr. Abdul-Matin wrote “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet”, which explores how faith and environmentalism intersect. He has worked with Green for All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the NYC Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability and the International Living Future Institute.
Fun Fact: He is a former instructor for Outward Bound, a global program that brings inner city students out to the wilderness, teaching leadership, resilience and communication.
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!