January 25, 2017 | 2:50pm | UpdatedModal TriggerShutterstock
Seafood fans are ingesting up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic a year with unknown health effects, a new study reveals.
Ocean pollution is getting ingested by marine life in the form of tiny, toxic microplastics, according to researchers at the University of Ghent in Belgium. And if you eat a lot of seafood, these microplastics will eventually end up in your stomach.
Scientists currently have no clue what type of implications this will have on a person’s health or for future generations.
“Now we’ve established that they do enter our body and can stay there for quite a while, we do need to know the fate of the plastics,” Dr. Colin Janssen, who led the study, told Sky News.
The study showed that humans do pass 99 percent of these microplastics but the remainder gets soaked up by tissues.
“Are chemicals leaching out of these plastics and then causing toxicity?” Janssen said. “We don’t know and actually we do need to know.”
The study’s authors say this will only get worse as ocean pollution increases.
“One of the most troubling environmental trends, as I see it at least, is the progressive build-up of plastic waste in the oceans,”Britain’s Prince Charles told Sky News.
He added that it was “sobering” to think that all the plastic ever produced is still on the planet.
The world’s oceans are polluted with more than five trillion pieces of microplastics, and one garbage truck worth of plastic is getting dumped into the ocean every minute. Assuming this trend continues, four trucks worth will be dumped a minute by 2050, with seafood lovers ingesting up to 780,000 pieces of plastic a year by the end of the century.Filed under environment , marine life , ocean , pollution , prince charles , research , science , seafood , study
Source: NY Post