As consumers look to make food decisions that take environmental impacts and carbon footprint into account, mushrooms are a choice that everyone can feel good about.
Highly Sustainable Food
Growing mushrooms is a unique combination of science and recycling. This powerful combination makes them one of the most sustainably produced foods in the United States. Delicious, Healthy, and Sustainable.
Mushrooms growers are known as the "ultimate recyclers" for their ability to convert byproducts and waste from other sectors of agriculture into the compost or medium used to grow mushrooms. Because of this recycling of other agricultural crops and by-products, mushroom farms have a smaller environmental footprint than almost any other farm.
Today's growers use efficient production practices that use less than 2 gallons of water to grow, harvest, and process an entire pound of mushrooms, compared with an average of 50 gallons of water per pound of other fresh produce items.
Low Energy Footprint
Producing one pound of button mushrooms takes 1.0 kilowatt-hour (kwh) of electricity. This is the same amount of energy as it takes to run a coffeemaker for one hour a day. Because of the way mushrooms are grown, being smart about energy use is good for production AND good for the environment.
Growing one pound of mushrooms is so efficient that it generates only 0.7 pounds of CO2. If you added up the total amount of emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2, a greenhouse gas) from producing that one pound of mushrooms - all the way from growing to delivery in the store – it totals just 0.7 pounds of CO2. In comparison, using one gallon of fuel in the U.S. emits nearly 20 pounds of CO2.
A Crop that Doesn't Stop - Grown Year-Round
Mushrooms are grown year-round, and at Phillips Mushrooms we pick 365 days a year. On average, one square foot of growing space in a mushroom bed can produce 46 pounds of mushrooms. At Phillips, our state-of-the-art growing facility has a lot of production power to generate the highest quality mushrooms for our customers.
One acre under-roof growing space can produce 2 million pounds of mushrooms annually. Phillips is proud to be the largest producer of specialty mushrooms and top-5 grower in the U.S. are also proud to be among the 'ultimate recyclers,' mushroom growers that provide a sustainable, smart food source for our consumers.