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Plastic, Plastic Everywhere: Microplastics in the Food System


February 27, 2019

Daily worldwide production of plastic tops over a thousand metric tons and it's ubiquitous in our lives from water bottles to grocery bags. But many scientists, including the World Health Organization, are questioning its impact on humans, as they find oceans, farmers' fields, and food products drowning in tiny plastic particles called microplastics.

Despite plastic's omnipresence, governing bodies mismanage its disposal, as Esther Garrido-Gamarro of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) explains to Food Tank. "Between 1950 and 2015 only 9 percent of plastics were recycled, 12 percent incinerated, and the remaining 79 percent stored in landfills or released directly into the environment."


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