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Radioactive food in Japan

Radioactive food is becoming a real and hidden concern. The discussion of this is veiled and brief on NHK TV news, the national broadcaster. One might assume that NHK is avoiding promoting a food panic. Already prices for Hokkaido dairy products are increasing. Previously in this blog, radioactive mustard spinach, a very popular part of the Japanese menu, was discovered growing in Tokyo weeks after the 15th March explosion, and in mustard spinach imported to Singapore from Shizuoka (south of Tokyo). Now some people are concerned that rice being grown in the north may be mixed with uncontaminated rice grown in the south. According to NHK, already, rice stocks are low, as many people are stocking up ahead of the harvest season beginning now. A friend of mine went shopping in Nagoya city with a dosimeter (a radiation measuring device) and found that cucumbers in his supermarket had high levels of radiation. I wish I could get a dosimeter, they are so hard to get.

Rice and mustard spinach are pictured below.
Rice shortly before harvest

More rice pictures here, and rice harvest pictures here.

Mustard Spinach

More mustard spinach pictures here.

Testing food for radiation

NHK the national news and TV broadcaster announced that 19 prefectures in Japan are going to or are considering testing food, especially rice for radioactive caesium contamination (Cited on Alert Net from Reuters, NHK). Within weeks of the first Fukushima hydrogen explosion, it was found that green leafy vegetables, especially spinach (pictured below), was heavily contaminated with radioactive iodine, even spinach grown in Tokyo, far south of Fukushima. There has also been much concern regarding the contaminated feed given to cattle and the consumption of contaminated beef. Now rice is to be tested, as it is such an important part of the Japanese diet and economy.

Me personally, I really want to get a radiation measurement device to check both the food that I have in the fridge and cupboards now, and the local area where I live. If you can organise for one to be send to me, I’d be most appreciative, and would give you a month of free access to any one of my PhotoShelter image galleries.

radioactive water released in the sea

According to the BBC and NHK, TEPCO has released radioactive water that is 100 times the legal limit into the Pacific Ocean. In previous nuclear incidents, TEPCO had deceived the public and safety regulators, and in the current crisis has been accused by the current Japanese Prime Minister for not being clear and upfront. TEPCO claims that this release is of low-level radioactive water. TEPCO also stresses that eating seafood caught or harvested from near the plant will result in very, very low levels of radioactive intake, barely above natural background-radiation levels. They make this claim presumably on the judgement that the water will be quickly dispersed and immediately diluted and without consequence to sea life. The release comes as TEPCO officials admitted that they have a lot of water in the basement of reactor number two, that has radiation levels many, many times higher than what is normally found inside a normal reactor core. Speculation from independent experts suggests that this highly radioactive water is as a result of melted rods from the core some weeks ago. View this and other sea-related pictures at my PhotoShelter portfolio.