Like anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock I have been closely following events in Japan, with a particular eye on the effects of both the tsunami and the nuclear disasters on Japan’s food supply. I find the downplaying of the presence of radiation in Japans milk, vegetables and now tap water absolutely abhorrent, bordering on criminal. In this first video the expert tells us that radiation is everywhere, and if you go looking for it you will find it. Certainly, this is true, radiation bombards us everyday from the sun and depending on how close we are to it also depends on the amount of sunscreen we need to apply to stop our skin from literally burning, blistering and peeling from our bodies. If our skin is not properly protected from the supposedly benign sun radiation cancer can develop. So, you’ll excuse me if I don’t find the sun radiation comparison comforting.
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You will also excuse me if I find headlines like this one, Plume of Radiation moving Towards California Is Not Dangerous, patently ridiculous. Or this one; Obama: Japan’s radiation won’t reach the US. Because here’s the thing, just like with the oysters, we actually live on one planet, Earth, the only one we have and it is part of one huge weather system that affects every single person in one way or another. What is happening to Japan will effect us all whether we choose to perceive that reality or not. At least this second video does not down play the seriousness or the scariness of what is happening to Japan’s food supply right now.
- Japan nuclear crisis: Fears mount over radioactive waste in food (telegraph.co.uk)
- Japan’s fishing industry a major casualty of nuclear crisis (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- Japan Nuclear Crisis: Slow Progress with Emergency Cooling Systems (treehugger.com)
- Japan nuclear crisis: Tokyo tap water not safe for infants – Telegraph.co.uk (news.google.com)
- Japan nuclear crisis: two of Fuskushima 50 hospitilised with radiation exposure (telegraph.co.uk)
- Lessons for Washington in Japan’s nuclear crisis (seattletimes.nwsource.com)