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- Jun 2022
European farmland could be biggest global reservoir of microplastics, study suggests
Example of a progress trap Planetary Boundary / Doughnut Economic Category: Biophysical: Chemicals, Water Socio-Economic: Food, Health
Sewage sludge is commonly used on agricultural land as a sustainable and renewable source of fertiliser throughout European countries, in part due to EU directives that promote the diverting of sewage sludge away from landfill and incineration and towards energy production and agriculture.
This EU directive led to the spread of the unintended consequence.
“Our results highlight the magnitude of the problem across European soils and suggest that the practice of spreading sludge on agricultural land could potentially make them one of the largest global reservoirs of microplastic pollution,”
Classic progress trap.
- circular economy
- contaminated soil
- progress trap
- plastic pollution
- sewage sludge