Eating fresh fish is part of a healthy diet. But if the fish we are eating are living on a diet that includes the garbage we are tossing in the ocean, then does that mean we are essentially eating our own trash?
That could be, according to information gathered by MastersDegree.net from the Ocean Conservancy and other sources. Over the last 26 years, the Conservancy has pulled almost 18.3 million bottles from the ocean, along with over 870,000 diapers and 125,000 appliances.
And scientists have found plastic fragments from all that deep-sea trash in the stomachs of fish that are a major food source for tuna and mahi-mahi — two of the most popular fish served on tables nationwide.
Does this mean that when we eat the fish that eat the fish that eat the garbage, we are eating our own garbage? Well, maybe not. We don’t eat the stomach contents of fish, and I doubt plastic is making it into the flesh… but it’s still enough to make you think twice before throwing that bottle into the trash, instead of the recycle bin.