‘Disastrous’ plastic use in farming threatens food safety 

Posted on December 10, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Source: ‘Disastrous’ plastic use in farming threatens food safety – UN | Plastics | The Guardian

Farmers cover a field with plastic films in Yuli county, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northern China.

The “disastrous” way in which plastic is used in farming across the world is threatening food safety and potentially human health, according to a report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

It says soils contain more microplastic pollution than the oceans and that there is “irrefutable” evidence of the need for better management of the millions of tonnes of plastics used in the food and farming system each year.