I Just Ate Plastic
Plastic Pollution is the buildup of plastic objects in the Earth's environment that adversely affects wildlife, habitats, and humans. Food is a major cause of plastic use. We eat processed foods on a daily basis that contain plastic in them, including in the container, or even in the food itself. Toxic chemicals are leaching out of plastic and being found in our blood and tissue. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments. Most foods that we know contain a lot of plastic, which is very unsafe for us to eat. Our lifestyles are polluting the worlds water supplies and this is feeding back into the food chain. With sharing this knowledge we can make choices to reduce the amount of plastic we eat and put pressure on changing things for the better. While there is limited research as to what the long-term effect of ingesting plastic is, it’s highly unlikely to be good news as limited lab results have shown negative impacts on health. The biggest causes of micro-plastics are usually seafood, bottled drinks and food packaging. Simple steps to reduce micro-plastic include changing brands of salt and tea bags. Avoiding plastic packaging is an effective way to reduce plastic in the environment and the food supply. Long-term effects of micro-plastics in our diet are unknown but test tube studies suggest it’s harmful. It’s best to minimize the amount of plastic in our diet while ongoing studies are carried out.