HAVE MI­CROPLAS­TICS AL­READY BEEN EATEN By US?

Asian Geographic - - SCIENCE -

Even with all the data from ex­per­i­ments about how nano- and mi­croplas­tics get into our en­vi­ron­ment and our food, the most con­vinc­ing rea­son for elim­i­nat­ing plas­tics from wide­spread use is per­haps the re­cent dis­cov­ery of mi­croplas­tics within the stool sam­ples of hu­mans.

Re­searchers from the Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity of Vi­enna and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency Aus­tria, led by Dr. Philipp Sch­w­abl, a gas­troen­terol­o­gist from the uni­ver­sity, re­vealed how the team con­ducted a hu­man stool ex­per­i­ment:

Aged be­tween 33 and 65 years oldNine different types of mi­croplas­tics sized be­tween 50 and 500 mi­crome­tres were found.

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