Shared Growth Seminar
EnP. Grace Sapuay in SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar #20
BIOLOGICAL MAGNIFICATION: THE TRAGEDY OF PLASTIC WASTE
Our civilization has a long history of using durable materials for our purposes. Out of this need was invented the modern plastic, which is used into many different kinds of products. When we talk of plastic, we almost always equate it to the plastic bags that can be seen floating in all kinds of bodies of water, ending into the great oceans of our planet. What is unknown to us is the effect of all these plastic products, not just plastic bags that ended up as waste.
When we eat our seafood, we do not think of the things these have ingested in their lifetime before they were caught for our table. Eating food with toxic contaminants can affect us in a process called biological magnification. Whatever an organism has incorporated in its system, whether plants or animal sources, can affect the next link in the food chain. Plastic is one such contaminant, and the sources are numerous, not just the floating plastic bags.
This presentation deals with plastic waste, and summarizes the many sources of plastic waste and how these could get into the food we eat and affect all of us in a way only a few have ever thought of. It also aims to plastic waste, and summarizes the many sources of plastic waste and how these could get into the food we eat and affect all of us in a way only a few have ever thought of. It also aims to create awareness on our solid waste and its management in order to protect our environment and our health.
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EnP. Grace Sapuay