THE CONVERSATION: Plastic pollution: European farmland could be largest global reservoir of microplastics

Press/Media: Research

Period23 May 2022

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  • TitlePlastic pollution: European farmland could be largest global reservoir of microplastics
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date23/05/22
    DescriptionPlastic particles smaller than 5mm (known as microplastics) are well-documented pollutants in ocean and freshwater habitats. The discovery of microplastics in the most remote rivers of the Himalayas and the deepest trenches of the Pacific Ocean has sparked widespread concern. But how much microplastic lies closer to home – buried in the soil where food is grown?

    Our latest study estimated that between 31,000 and 42,000 tonnes of microplastics (or 86 trillion – 710 trillion microplastic particles) are spread on European farmland soils each year, mirroring the concentration of microplastics in ocean surface waters.
    URLhttps://theconversation.com/plastic-pollution-european-farmland-could-be-largest-global-reservoir-of-microplastics-182713
    PersonsPablo Ouro

Keywords

  • plastic pollution
  • microplastics