Problems with plastic waste in food
Fri 31 Jul 2020
According to a recent study performed by the Chinese Academy of Science, particles produced from plastic waste are being absorbed though plant roots. These particles then end up in crops, such as wheat and some vegetables.
This same pollution has also been found in soil, as well as oceans and other water sources that are used to help produce food. As the food needs soil and water to grow, micro plastics are absorbed into the plant and therefore enter our food supply. In addition, there has been evidence of micro plastics reaching seafood.
For decades, scientists have believed that particles of plastics were too large to pass through the membranes (barriers) of plant tissue. However, recent studies have shown that this is not the case. This clearly demonstrates the importance of ensuring that all plastics waste must be recycled properly.
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