We all know composting to be a very good thing. It is one of the ways we can be responsible for the environment. Composting can also be beneficial for the soil. What then, are the negatives if any to composting? Lets consider a few things we need to keep in mind with regard to composting.
Unfortunately, there are a number of ailments associated with composting. When we think of what composting actually is, we can understand why. It is full of decaying food and plants, and with that comes certain dangerous pathogens.
What are some of these dangerous pathogens?
There are a number of fungal diseases that can be caused by compost. Farmers lung is one, this can display symptoms like that of pneumonia. It is caused by being exposed to certain fungal and bacterial pathogens. Another is Aspergillosis, this can also be caused by inhaling spores from rotting plants. Histoplasmosis, is again caused by a fungus, this time though, it comes from bat and bird feces.
Other diseases caused from exposure to rotting compost are Tetanus, Legionnaires Disease and Paronychia, an infection around the finger and toenails.
As you can see, while we are doing our part to protect the environment, we also want to be aware that there are dangers. In our next article, we will discuss ways to keep safe while composting.