Now, scientific research provides insight on how environmental plastic pollution, and especially microplastics, affects brain health and memory.
A research team in Taiwan has studied the impact of microplastics on the brain and behaviour of mice. They administered microplastics orally to mice for up to 8 weeks, and then conducted a range of experiments using behavioural, biochemical and molecular approaches.
Their conclusion from the experiments was that the microplastics had impaired learning and memory behaviour in the mice.
They then go on to postulate that, based on their data, the increased incidence of dementia in humans recorded over the last 20-30 years might be correlated with an increase in microplastic ingestion.
While the impact of plastic pollution generally, and microplastic pollution specifically on human health remains unclear, research like this highlights the need for further study, and also for regulators to address the potential health risks associated with Microplastic Emissions.
Looking forward to seeing the EU Commission report on Microplastic Emissions, including those from paint, and on measures to achieve the Green Deal objective of reducing them by 30% by 2030.
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