News: WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water
A report (PDF link) tested bottled water in nine different countries and found that 242 out of 259 bottles contained small pieces of plastic. The report suggests that at least some of the plastic particles may be coming from the packaging or the bottling process.
Since there is little information on whether these microplastics pose a risk to human health, the World Health Organisation intends to review the existing evidence and identify areas for further research.
Read the full article here. See also the Foodsource resource How are food systems and health connected and influenced?
While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.
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