Microplastics have been found in plants a study shows, raising the prospect that no plate of food is free from contamination.
Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found small particles of plastic in the roots of wheat and lettuce. Professor Yongming Luo says microplastics “ can be transferred from the roots up to the edible parts of the crop.” The research was published in Nature Sustainability.
Notably, car tyres have been shown lately to also play a major role in causing plastic micro-particulate matter.
An average tyre can shed 4kg worth of particulates in its lifetime. Another factoid to make us think.