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Plastic Fish on Your Plate

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  • Fish may be actively seeking out plastic particles in the ocean to eat, mistaking them for food because of their odor
  • When microplastics exist in the ocean, they form a biological covering made of algae and other materials that smell like the food fish would normally eat
  • The study is the first to reveal not only that anchovy use odors to forage, but also that the odor of microplastic in the ocean induces foraging behaviors in schools of the fish

By Dr. Mercola

It's estimated that close to 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, more than half of which is for single-use products. Those discarded plastic bottles, bags, straws and other plastic waste end up largely in our oceans, to the tune of more than 8 million tons a year. Carried along with the ocean's currents, swirling gyres of "plastic smog" now cover about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces.

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