Fungi for the People: Learning from Fungi to adapt in an Ever-changing World. We can develop strategies for working with mushrooms to solve problems in Food and Environmental Justice, putting power back into the hands of the people. By converting waste-streams into community centered projects where nutrient dense food and economic sovereignty can be reached via mushroom cultivation, with by-products of healthier soils and healthier people. We will explore such projects that have ignited positive change in areas of Asia and Africa, and draw a roadmap of action appropriate for our own communities, with a focus on the effects of fungi and radiation in the human body.
Ja Schindler is the founder and director of Fungi For The People9 http://fungiforthepeople.org/), an organization dedicated to social and environmental justice through conducting research and offering education in mushroom production and mycoremediation.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, his interests in post-industrial urban renewal, food security, and environmental awareness have driven him to forge new approaches in converting organic waste streams into nutrient dense foods via community-scale mushroom cultivation, all while enhancing biodiversity in urban rebound ecosystems. Ja now resides in Eugene, Oregon where he is developing a Mushroom Cultivation Design Center, and frequently facilitates courses and delivers lectures on mycology around the country.