The world's ultimate super food

The Rwandan government has launched a publicity drive to persuade more farmers to grow an organism it regards as vital in fighting malnutrition - the mushroom.

Fungi are an excellent source of proteins, particularly for countries where meat remains expensive - so the Rwanda Agriculture Board is investing millions in training farmers to grow them.

This week on One Planet, we hear from Rwanda as the humble mushroom is pushed as a practical solution to nutrient poor diets.

We also head to New York, where two young entrepreneurs are using fungus to create eco-friendly packaging.

Plus, Mike visits the laboratory of Professor Lynne Boddy, one of the world's leading experts on the mushroom, to learn whether it's our planets most important organism.

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18 minutes

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Mon 14 May 2012 10:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

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