Plastics and the Environment

Microplastics in the food chain: How harmful are they?

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Researchers are studying the impact of microplastics on human health. Image: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Joe Myers
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Graph showing increase in microplastics in the surface ocean, between 1950-2050.
'If you eat muscles, you eat microplastics.' Image: Our World in Data

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Various microplastic particles found in water samples. Image: Flinders University


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