A salt to the senses

September 22, 2017

 

As if we needed more evidence that our addiction to plastic and our cavalier attitude toward its disposal was coming back to bite us, micro particles of plastic are now finding their way into the very salt we consume.

 

According to a report in The Guardian on Sep. 9, 2017, "sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets."

 

Plastic has indeed come back to bite us, or we it, more to the point. The stuff never goes away, of course, well not for centuries at least. Might this be the wakeup call we finally heed? Or, are humans to become the albatrosses of the land? And when autopsies are performed in the not too distant future, will we find myriads of tiny micro plastic particles embedded throughout our bodies? Will we, like those great sea birds, suffer further malnutrition as a result of thinking we're full, when we're simply full of plastic? Yes, it is a bit of hyperbole, but still . . .

 

And, will we see a mad scramble to dig up even more Himalayan pink salt and rock salt and lake salt? Will this salt become the new quinoa or maca, both of which experienced dramatic price hikes as demand for the latest 'in' foods drove demand through the roof a few years back?

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