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Scamming’s Bright Future, Sushi’s Plastic Problem and the Enduring Sex Appeal of Jessica Rabbit

Reports that almost — if not all — of the wild fish we eat every day are highly contaminated with microplastics are disconcerting, to say the least. But is it enough to make me want to pass on some mackerel nigiri the one night a month I get sushi? Probably not.

It’s not that plastic pollution isn’t a massive ecological problem — it is. We all need to cut back on consumables that produce an inordinate amount of plastic waste, and I promise to do my part.

But am I scared that whatever plastics are leaching into my tuna hand roll are going turn into a Tonka Truck that becomes lodged in my stomach? Not so much. Frankly, I’m far more concerned with overfishing and winding up with mercury poisoning than I am about some microbead exfoliants passing through me on their way to the toilet.

But that’s just me, that’s just how I am.

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