Asbestos is a fibrous mineral and is transmitted to plants, animals or humans. The food chain is the order in which animals and plants eat each other in order to survive. Every living creature needs to eat other creatures below it. Every ecosystem has a different food chain, depending on which animals and plants live there.
As a result, beneficial and harmful chemicals in the living organism (plant or animal) used as nutrients are taken into the body. Asbestos differs from other harmful chemicals.
Some of the chemicals are soluble in oil and others in water. Chemicals such as mercury can be absorbed into adipose tissues in plants, animals and humans. Asbestos is different, living creatures cannot chemically absorb any tissue, but generally accumulate in the lung through exposure to asbestos.
The risk of asbestos exposure to the food chain is low because plants cannot absorb asbestos. Animals can inhale or swallow asbestos dust, but asbestos usually does not accumulate in muscle or fat. Eating meat from an asbestos-exposed animal does not allow the exposure to pass on to the person eating it.
Historically, the most exposure to asbestos has occurred while working. Thousands of retired labours and veterans are now dealing with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.