Composting is generally known to be positive thing. It is something we can do to act responsibly toward the environment. Composting is not only good for the environment as a whole but can also be very beneficial for our soil. Are there, then, any negatives to composting?

Lets look at a few factors that are important to think about with regard to composting.

If we consider what compost is actually comprised of, we can understand why there are a number of ailments associated with composting. Dangerous pathogens from compost can be formed from rotting food and plants that are in various forms of decay.

Lets consider what are these dangerous pathogens?

Compost can cause various fungal conditions. One of these ailments can show symptoms similar to pneumonia. This is called Farmers lung. The cause of this is exposure to various fungal and bacterial pathogens. Another condition that can develop from breathing in spores from decaying plants is Aspergillosis.

Another fungus present in compost is a fungus that develops from feces of bats and birds. This is called Histoplasmosis.

There are also diseases that come from being exposed compost such as Legionnaires Disease, Tetanus, and Paronychia, which is a infection that develops around the fingers and toenails.

So while we are doing our best to be responsible for the environment, its important that we be aware of the dangers so as to know the best way to protect ourselves. In our next article, we will discuss ways to keep safe while composting.