Scientists worry microplastics found on farmers’ fields could end up in our food

Environmental scientists are sounding a new alarm about microplastic—tiny fragments of plastic pollution—contaminating much more of the planet than we were aware of, including the land where our food is grown.

The issue of microplastics contaminating ocean environments has received a lot of scientific attention in recent years. Researchers have found it in practically every kind of marine environment: floating in open ocean, around most coastal areas, integrated into the sand in remote beaches, frozen into sea ice, and in deep water sediments. In all these environments they’ve found tiny pieces of fragmented plastic, ranging in size from a few millimetres to too small to be seen by the naked eye.

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