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Air pollution from agricultural sources: the elephant—or, is it a cow?—in the room

Air pollution from agricultural sources: the elephant—or, is it a cow?—in the room

There is a growing awareness about the health hazards of polluted air from tobacco smoke, traffic, the burning of biomass fuel and occupational sources, but how many people are aware of the link between the agricultural industry and air pollution?

A new article from European Respiratory Society expert, Dr. L.A.M. Smit, explains the lesser known risks that farming and the agricultural industry pose to lung health. In addition to the output of fine and coarse dust particles from farms, Dr Smit discusses the dangers posed from ammonia emissions – a gas formed by bacterial enzymes in manure.

The article calls on the scientific community to promote awareness of the risks of the agriculture industry, not only to members of the public but also amongst healthcare professionals.

The Healthy Lungs for Life campaign offers a wealth of resources for professionals to plan events and help raise awareness of the risks of all types of polluted air, and the steps that can be taken to prevent lung disease. Visit our materials page to find out more