Our fruits and veggies are sucking up microplastics through their roots

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Microplastics—tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in length—can now be found throughout the ocean and all over protected national parks. They’ve been found in our seafood, salt, and even beer. Now, new research has shown that microplastics can penetrate the roots of crops, traveling up the plant into the parts we eat.

Associated journal articles: Conti, et al (2020). “Micro- and nano-plastics in edible fruit and vegetables. The first diet risks assessment for the general population.” Environmental Research 187, 109677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109677

Li, et al (2020). “Confocal measurement of microplastics uptake by plants.” MethodsX 7, 100750. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2019.11.023

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