A Growing Concern: Microplastic Pollution on Farm Fields

Studies show that synthetic threads [of microfiber] account for a significant portion of the microplastic pollution problem. The five enormous gyres of plastic swirling in oceans across the world have received a lot of attention in recent years, but less is known about the problems that microplastics—those itsy-bitsy particles roughly 5 millimeters in diameter or smaller—are posing in the terrestrial environment.

A growing body of research shows that those teensy plastic particles end up not just in waterways but also on farmland, raising concerns over our food supply and our well-being. Contaminated crops could potentially be one of myriad ways that plastic—from its production to its use to its “disposal”—is harmful to our health, especially for people of color and low-income communities,