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Oceanic Plastic Pollution Filters In Our Food

In the ocean, plastic absorbs toxic chemicals like PCBs and DDTs, which link to endocrine disruption and even cancer.
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the problem
Nature and Context

A tiny piece of microplastic can be one million times more toxic than the ocean water around it; as it degrades, these plastic pieces also release toxic chemicals.

the impact
Negative Effects
  • Small fish that surface nocturnally to feed mistake contaminated plastic waste for food.

  • When larger predators consume these fish, the toxins are working their way up the food chain and onto our plates.

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