Microplastics In Nearly Everything
Microplastics, those minuscule plastic particles less than 5mm in size, have become a major concern in our environment and food supply. They come from various sources like the breakdown of larger plastic items, as well as microbeads in personal care products. Microplastics can find their way into oceans, rivers, and soil, and from there, they have an unfortunate knack for winding up in the bellies of marine animals. As these animals are consumed by larger predators, including fish, microplastics hitch a ride up the food chain.
Microplastics in our food might seem like an obscure issue, but it’s more important than we might think. Research is still underway to fully understand the potential health impacts of consuming these tiny plastic bits. Some studies suggest that microplastics can contain harmful chemicals and pollutants, which could then end up in our bodies when we eat contaminated seafood. While the full extent of the health risks isn’t clear yet, it’s concerning enough to prompt calls for reduced plastic use and better waste management practices. By cutting down on plastic waste and supporting initiatives to reduce microplastic pollution, we can work towards keeping our food and environment free from these unwanted hitchhikers.