Eating at the “Top” of the Food Chain Also Means Eating Plastic

Eating at the "Top" of the Food Chain Also Means Eating Plastic | Meat Your Future

Fish sculpture in Helsingor, Denmark made of plastic found in the ocean, taken by Erik Forsberg under Creative Commons

A large portion of the plastic we throw away finds its way to the ocean. Both tiny and large pieces of plastic can now be found in virtually every corner of the oceans — from the Arctic to the tropical seabed.

Studies show that tiny pieces of micro-plastic filaments are also present in most seafood as well.

Fish contain plastic because they think it’s food, or because they prey upon other fish that have eaten plastic. Even tiny plankton — literally the foundational bottom of the marine food chain — have been observed eating micro-plastics.

So, the next time you eat seafood, remember you’re most likely also eating a serving of toxic plastics too.

Of course, there’s no biological need for humans to eat any seafood to begin with. We can all eat plant-based foods instead. It’s a lot better for our health, for the environment, for the animals, and for the oceans as well.

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