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Americans eat tens of thousands of microplastic particles a year

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Americans eat tens of thousands of microplastic particles a year, and that could have major implications for Tennessee Valley residents

https://timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2019/jun/17/americans-are-eating-tens-thousands-microplas/496810/

Americans are eating a minimum of tens of thousands of particles of microplastics every year, according to a first-of-its-kind study that could have major implications for people living in the Tennessee Valley.

The Tennessee River has the most microplastic of any river ever studied (although microplastic studies are still in their infancy). Microplastics are tiny, often microscopic, pieces of plastic that have broken down. The new study is the first to estimate the annual microplastics consumption for humans and shows the problem may be worse than feared.

"I noticed that as single studies were coming out, it was really hard for people to understand the full context of this. You would see a study about microplastics in water or seafood but that really doesn't allow people to navigate their full microplastic consumption," said University of Victoria Ph.D. candidate Kieren Cox, one of six scientists to work on the study. "It also doesn't give them full context, and as scientists, that's something that we owe the public."

The report was published in the Environmental Science and Technology peer-reviewed scientific journal. It combined 26 studies and estimated Americans each consume 39,000-52,000 microplastic particles per year. Those numbers increase to 74,000-121,000 when microplastics that are inhaled are included. Infant females consume the least and adult males the most, the study found.

The study was based on the recommended daily caloric intake for each food group. However, it only examined about 15% of Americans' diets — seafood, sugars, salts, honey, alcohol, as well as tap and bottled water — meaning the amount of microplastics people consume is likely be much higher, according to the report's authors. Other foods that make up the majority of Americans' diets such as meat, grains and vegetables were not included due to a lack of data. The particles enter the food supply in a number of different ways: the water supply, in animals' food, and, some studies suggest, through the air.

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