Decompiculture and the Mushroom Project

Charles Cowling

Jae Rhim Lee, Mushroom Burial Site (Bridgeville, CA), Infinity Burial Project

“Decompiculture is the growing or culturing of decomposer organisms by humans. The term is intended to establish a contrast with the term agriculture. Agriculture encompasses the production systems based on the culture of herbaceous plants and herbivore animals. In effect, agriculture is human symbiosis with select organisms of the herb-herbivore-carnivore food chains comprising the live plant food web. Decompiculture, in contrast, human symbiosis with organisms of the decomposer food chains comprising the dead plant-based, or plant cell wall-based detrital food web. I believe that decompiculture is equivalent in importance to agriculture and perhaps more important in terms of integrating human activities in a sustainable way with the biosphere. I also believe that just as the origin of agriculture initiated the dawn of civilization, decompiculture may now initiate the dawn of a new leap forward in human evolution.”–Timothy Myles

Infinity Burial Project website here.

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jerrian byers
9 years ago



[…] answer might be decompiculture. We’ve blogged on this before but a recent video from TED gives a fresh insight into the way that mushrooms trained to digest your […]

Charles Cowling
10 years ago

I knew you’d love it, Pat. It’s all I could think about when I clicked Publish.

(Pat, dear readers, is The Daily Undertaker — the thinking person’s undertaker:

Patrick McNally
10 years ago

Fascinating find, Charles! Thank you for sharing this! Even beyond the physical effects of this work, engaging in it becomes a real symbolic acceptance of the body’s journey. This is a big one!