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City Visions: Why We're Eating Ocean Plastic

Vaidehi Shah

On July 8, 2019: Scientists estimate that over 8 million tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year, wreaking havoc on marine life who become trapped in abandoned fishing nets or mistake plastic bags for food. Much of it breaks down into irretrievable tiny particles. Now some of this plastic is finding its way back into our food system, not as packaging, but inside our food and water. 

How can we stop the onslaught of plastic into our oceans? Can we protect marine life? How does ingesting plastic affect human life?


Rachael Coccia, the Surfrider Foundation's Plastic Pollution Manager

Debbie Raphael, Director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment

Produced by: 

Anne Harper