Respiratory Hazards: Molds and Fungi
Farmers are exposed to many respiratory irritants as they perform their work and therefore are at risk for lung diseases. Damp grains, straw and hay provide ideal growing conditions for molds and fungi in stored grain and livestock feeds. Information on molds and fungi may be found under such terms as mycotoxins, aflatoxins, ochratoxins, thermophilic actinomycetes and estrogenic compounds. Some effects caused of exposure to the mold or fungi and some effects are caused by endotoxins (poisons) produced by these organisms.