Is a Mushroom still Vegan-Grown on Meat/Dead Animal ?

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Would eating a mushroom that grew on meat or a dead animal still be considered vegan?

I feel like the essential nutrients that help a mushroom grow would be from a dead animal, but again, isn't that just how things work? I am kind of confused with this, what do you guys think?
 

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I suppose if there was a mushroom farm* that killed animals and buried them for mushrooms to grow from, that would not be vegan. But as long as the animals are not getting killed on purpose then there is nothing non vegan about it. Although some might find mushrooms grown in an animal cemetery to either be off-putting or just plain creepy.

But it's not a real issue. Commercially grown mushrooms are grown on something akin to compost that contains no animal products. Usually, the agar is made from algae and the medium is grain.

Wild mushrooms usually feed on rotting vegetation. Leaf litter or rotting wood.

* I don't think "farm" is the right word. Growing facility?
 

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Would eating a mushroom that grew on meat or a dead animal still be considered vegan?

I feel like the essential nutrients that help a mushroom grow would be from a dead animal, but again, isn't that just how things work? I am kind of confused with this, what do you guys think?

Mushrooms are the fruiting head of a network of mycelium that typically grows in soil, not un-decomposed or even partially decomposed dead animals. Some types are grown in substrates of things like coffee grounds.

If a colony of mycelium was able to be grown in a dead body, or even a partially decomposed one, I wouldn't eat it. Care is needed when growing mushrooms as they tend to take up beneficial and well as harmful compounds of the medium they are grown in.
 

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My mother-in-law from South Africa lived in poverty for most of her life. These modern conveniences like toilets that flush and electricity were luxuries to her. She could not afford to regularly consume meat and dairy. My wife grew up under mostly in these same circumstances. For all practical purposes, she was so poor that she might as well have been a vegan.

A South African friend while on a beach at lake Michigan saw a huge dead fish. She was horrified by the waste. She said that it would never happen in South Africa. The idea of eating a dead fish fresh from the lake was completely foreign to me. I was grossed out. I figured that a fish should slowly decompose in a grocery store for a few days before eating him.

I have nothing against eating roadkill as long as someone else did the dirty work of preparing the carcass. I would also like to know that the roadkill was fresh.
 
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