Blog of an aspiring foodie

Are we eating plastic?

Posted by beer_chris on 9-January-2009

The answer, unsurprisingly, is very likely ‘YES’. I had heard of the trash heaps in the ocean created by currents, and that many of the plastic items found there tend to break up into very small particles but not actually biodegrade. This study seems to confirm this, and hypothesizes that these little microplastic particles are spread heavily all over the oceans. This likely means that our fave top of the food chain seafood contains a nice cocktail of synthetic chain hydrocarbon bits.

I would think that the majority of the really nasty VOCs are freed/degraded before the tiniest residual particles are formed (noted in the arcticle as Mermaid’s Tears), but of course no one will ever know for sure.I’ve often wondered  – especially after working inside a refinery for a few years – how much synthetic material has actually accumulated and resides in my own body. The human body is an amazing machine, capable of processing, managing and eliminating just about anything from the external environment. However, I can’t help but think some of this man made detritus must accumulate somewhere inside me. There’s likely no way to  know for sure I guess.


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