THE MUSHROOM CENTER
The where and how matters
Where your mushrooms come from and how they were grown are incredibly important.
Without true traceability, you cannot know whether they were ethically and sustainably produced.
Farm-To-Table is an amazing concept and has really taken off.
Well, it should be the same for your supplements.
Unless you know exactly where your mushrooms come from, how can you really know whether they are ethically sourced and produced?
That's where Farm-To-Bottle mushroom supplements come in.
We can trace these mushrooms back to the exact farms and forests they came from, as well as the people who grew and harvested them.
This offers an unprecedented level of transparency.
WHERE DO MOST MUSHROOM SUPPLEMENTS COME FROM?
The vast majority of mushroom raw materials are grown in either the United States or China, with small amounts coming from other countries such as India and Japan.
As with most supplements it can be extremely difficult to determine where they actually come from.
Companies can often obfuscate and use fancy packaging or marketing tricks to make it appear that they come from small farmers or a little mom and pop operation, when in fact they might come from a massive corporation or a supplier with serious ethical issues.
Sourcing mushrooms from China comes with a huge problem.
Setting aside the environmental and contamination issues associated with things grown in China for a moment, the biggest issue in our eyes is slavery.
Millions of people in China are slaves, especially the Uyghur people, and forced to pick crops for large corporations.
Because of the tangled web of middle men, it can be nearly impossible to figure out whether raw materials were produced ethically or with slavery.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MISLABELING
In order to circumvent labeling regulations, Chinese companies will inoculate sawdust and grain compressed logs and then ship them to the United States where they finish growing.
The mushrooms are then harvested in the United States and labeled as grown in the USA when they clearly were not.
So be careful, just because a mushroom at the grocery store or mushroom supplement says it was grown in the USA does not mean it really was.
Mushrooms feed on decomposing matter in the wild and the substrate they are grown on during cultivation.
If these are high in heavy metals than the mushrooms will be to.
It is very important to know the true source of mushrooms to avoid these problems.
This is particularly a concern when buying whole cordyceps mushrooms at markets.
The main issues that surround the mushrooms used for supplements in the United States is that they are often grown on grain (not a good food source for most mushrooms) and it is the mycelium used, not the fruiting body.
These create a number of issues that make most mushroom supplements ineffective and a huge waste of money.
You can explore these issues here and here.
A BETTER SOURCE
There must be a better way than questionably sourced mushrooms from China and mycelium grown on grain in the United States.
Well, we found it.
Our mushroom supplements are made from sustainably wild-harvested mushrooms in the United States.
We can trace our mushroom supplements back to the exact forest they were harvested from the the people who did the harvesting.
Knowing exactly where and how your mushrooms were harvested is an important part of our Farm-To-Bottle project.
The only way to know for sure that your mushroom supplements were produced ethically and responsibly is to have 100% traceability.
Mushrooms have great potential to improve the lives of so many. However, this promise can only be met if the products are ethically and properly made.