Making Crops Healthy


29 Sep: Hot on the heels of deadly aflatoxins in southern Africa

Aflatoxins are cancer-causing, growth-retarding, and immune system-suppressing poisons produced by Aspergillus molds during crop growth or in storage. When aflatoxin-contaminated food and feed are ingested, aflatoxins severely affect human and animal health. Children under five years are particularly vulnerable, with aflatoxin exposure stunting their growth and development and damaging their immune system.