Nearly ALL children of the developed contries have toxic levels of controversial plastics in their urine and faeces - including one substance thought to cause cancer. German scientists looked for 15 'plastic byproducts' in the waste of 2,500 children, aged between three and 17. Results showed 11 of the 15 substances - one of which is thought to cause cancer - were in 97 to 100 per cent of the samples. Levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) exceeded safe limits in 20 per cent of the samples, particularly among the younger children. One research review published in June 2019 calculated that just by eating, drinking and breathing, one person ingests at least 74,000 microplastic particles every year. Another recent study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund and conducted by researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia estimated that people consume about 5 grams of plastic a week — roughly the equivalent of a credit card. There is evidence, at least in animals, that microplastics can cross the hardy membrane protecting the brain from many foreign bodies that get into the bloodstream. And there’s some evidence that mothers may be able to pass microplastics through the placenta to a developing fetus. Credit: WASTE ED
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.