An Unexpected Dinner Guest: Marine Plastic Pollution Hides a Neurological Toxin in Our Food

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An Unexpected Dinner Guest: Marine Plastic Pollution Hides a Neurological Toxin in Our Food

“The plastic produced is on trend to double in the next 20 years,” said Dr. Barrows. “So I think that’s where we need to focus on in terms of worrying about our environment.”

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