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Omnipresent Plastics: Its Adverse Affects in Animals


Veterinary Surgeon, GVH Hamidpur1 & Ramsaran Majra3 (Kurukshetra), Haryana, India

2*Student M.Sc (Agri.) Plant Pathology, Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri – Hamirpur, H.P, India.

4Retired Professor (Plant Pathology) CCS HAU Hisar, Haryana, India

Since the invention of plastic in 1907, it has become omnipresent in our daily lives and seen everywhere from our homes to streets, roads, ponds, rivers, sea, mountains. Plastic is now so ubiquitous in nature that is has been found at the bottom of the sea, locked in Arctic sea ice, and littering the remote peaks of the mountains. It’s not only dangerous to our earth but also to human and animal health as it causes chromosomal and reproductive system abnormalities, impaired brain and neurological functions, cancer, cardiovascular system damage, adult-onset diabetes, early puberty, obesity and resistance to chemotherapy.

The carry bags made of plastic takes approximately 400 to 1000 years whereas paper bags take 2 to 4 weeks to decompose. Conclusively, stopping manufacturing of polythene bags and promotion of easily decomposable carry bags made of paper, jute or cloth will not only save the earth and environment as well but it may also reduce human and livestock health hazards.


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