Blame the farmers. Not the nuke industry? Don’t think so.

Refer to historic and present US attempts to produce food fit for human consumption in the Marshall Island test plots by adding potassium to the contaminated soil there as background to the following story.

FUKUSHIMA — High radiation doses in rice produced here are not necessarily linked to soil radiation levels, and could be linked to a lack of potassium and insufficient cultivation of rice paddies, a joint governmental survey has revealed.

The survey, conducted by the Fukushima Prefectural Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, inspected the conditions of rice paddies in the prefecture where rice was found to surpass the provisional upper limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.

An analysis of soil samples showed that the paddies’ levels of potassium — which prevents rice plants from absorbing radioactive cesium — were only about one-third of the average concentration of potassium in the city of Fukushima.

It was also determined that rice grown in insufficiently cultivated paddies, including those in mountainous areas where rotary tillers are not used, tends to be tainted with higher doses of cesium. This is caused by the rice plants’ roots being closer to the soil surface in comparison to those in well-cultivated paddies.

Based on the assumption that unpolished rice absorbs about 10 percent of cesium in the soil, the government allowed rice to be planted in paddies where soil radiation doses were under 5,000 becquerels.

However, rice tainted with nearly 800 becquerels of cesium was found in a paddy that had radiation levels of only 2,321 becquerels — less than half of the limit allowed by the farm ministry.

In fact, the survey showed that nearly one-fourth of the inspected paddies, where radiation-tainted rice was grown, had radiation levels below the set limit — a finding that led the Fukushima Prefectural Government to conclude that there is no direct correlation between levels of radiation found in soil and the rice grown in that soil.

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(Mainichi Japan) December 26, 2011

The precedent:

I think before anyone makes any conclusions, ask the Marshall Islanders what they think of their nuclear history and their nuclear present.

No matter how wonderful Livermore Labs may be, I think the Islanders have cause for unhappiness and saddness in many respects regarding what was done to them and their home.

Ditto Japan.

People may want to comment on the natural radioisotope of potassium. Well, how many millions of tons bananas is Fukushima equivalent to? A billion trillion?

And cesium is just one fission product out of many. And displacement as a method is not perfect as the US reports regarding the Marshall Islands indicates. Further, taking potassium as a supplement to excess presents the potential for severe health risks on its own.

Nothing wrong with trying the Marshall Island method in Japan. It will be a test though, and it will not take the soil back to its pre Fukushima standard.

4 Responses to “Blame the farmers. Not the nuke industry? Don’t think so.”

  1. Whoopie Says:

    “Biggest problem of human race, if not dealt with properly could be the end of human life on Earth. It is as serious as that. Modern man has been around for 100K years, evolving over long period.

    I missed it til today…

    omg moment.

  2. Whoopie Says:

    NEW TWEET: The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 52 No 2, December 26, 2011. Toward a Peaceful Society Without Nuclear Energy: Understanding the Power Structures Behind the 3.11 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
    I havent read it yet…

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