Plastic Pollution in Lakes and Oceans could Enter Food Web

Plastic-Pollution-Lakes-and-OceansIf findings of a new study are to be believed then lakes and oceans are likely to have plastic pollution. The study also revealed that subalpine lakes are also at the risk plastic pollution. The study, based on Italy's Lake Garda, found that sediment samples from Lake Garda had the number of microplastic particles similar to those found in studies of marine beach sediments.

The findings were published in the journal Current Biology. The findings raised concerns that were somehow related to human health. To understand in better way consider this fact: the size ranges of the microplastics found can make their way into organisms living into the lake, and thereby into the food web. Once they enter the food web, adverse effects on human health are inevitable.

Christian Laforsch, of the University of Bayreuth in Germany, said that many plastic-associated chemicals are proved by studied to be carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting, or acutely toxic.

Laforsch added, "Moreover, the polymers can absorb toxic hydrophobic organic pollutants and transport these compounds to otherwise less polluted habitats. Along this line, plastic debris can act as vector for alien species and diseases".

Plastic pollution in lakes and oceans is a result of human use of plastic materials to an extent that is way beyond than it should have been.