Composting is generally known to be a great thing to do. It is one of those simple ways we can act responsibly toward the environment. Composting doesn’t just have a positive impact on the environment, but can also be very advantageous for our soil. Surely, then, there can’t be any negatives to composting?

Well the truth is composting could put our health at risk if we are not careful. Lets look at a few causes of this.

Thinking about what compost actually is comprised of will help us to understand why there are a number of health conditions associated with composting. Unsafe pathogens can be formed in compost from rotting food and plants that are in different stages of decay.

What are some of these unsafe pathogens?

Various fungal conditions can come from compost. One such ailment will manifest symptoms similar to pneumonia. This is known as Farmers lung. Exposure to various fungal and bacterial pathogens is the cause of this condition. Another condition can develop by inhaling spores which form from decaying plants. This condition is known as Aspergillosis.

Histoplasmosis is yet another fungus present in compost. This fungus develops from bird and bat feces.

Other possible diseases that come from being exposed compost are, Legionnaires Disease, Tetanus, and Paronychia, this is an infection that develops in areas around the fingers and toenails.

Our next article will discuss ways we can keep ourselves safe while composting.

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