Conventionally “credible” journals begin to ponder cause of crop mutations in Fukushima

Please see the previous posts:

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/the-effects-of-external-gamma-radiation-from-radioactive-fallout-on-plants-with-special-reference-to-crop-production/

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/a-preliminary-study-on-gamma-radiosensitivity-of-tomato-lycopersicon-esculentum-and-okra-abelmoschus-esculentus/

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/x-ray-induced-deficiencies-of-chromosome-11-in-the-tomato/

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/analysis-of-translocations-in-corn-chromosomes-resulting-from-ionizing-radiation-of-the-test-able-atomic-bomb-and-x-rays-and-of-translocations-from-other-sources/

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/us-military-defence-technical-information-centre-full-text-copy-of-translocations-in-corn-chromosomes-resulting-from-ionizing-radiation/

The following information was first transmitted to the world by internet journals and blogs 2 years ago (eg Fukushima Diary, SKF etc) Meanwhile, not one nuclear expert bothered to consider the situation in light of the known facts circa 1950 in their caustic denials of the radiosensitivity of crops. Whether in Fukushima or anywhere else.

That said, what do you THINK of the proposition posed by the following article? (Think as opposed to react to on the basis of government and industry propaganda in the wake of March 2011)

International Science Times,
Fukushima Vegetables Have Bizarre Tumor-Like Growths And Deformities: Is Nuclear Meltdown To Blame For Freaky Produce?

By Philip Ross on July 15, 2013 6:11 PM EDT

http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5641/20130715/fukushima-vegetables-fukushima-disaster-nuclear-meltdown.htm

Photos above “Photos of what look like malformed vegetables from Fukushima, Japan, have surfaced on Imgur. The strange produce have deformities, bumps and lumps all over them, and look like mutant cabbage patch kids beamed to Earth after having been harvested on an alien planet.”

Is the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a result of the disastrous 2011 earthquake and tsunami, to blame for the freaky produces’ appearance?

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melt down occurred after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated Japan’s coastal region in Fukushima in March 2011. It is the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986.

The catastrophe caused the deaths of some 18.500 people. However, none of these were the result of radiation exposure from the meltdown at the power plant.

freaky fruit 1
Fukushima vegetables, seen in these photos uploaded to Imgur, are gnarled and have strange deformities. Are these mutant vegies the result of the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster? (Photo: Imgur)

freaky fruit 2
Four peaches for the price of two. (Photo: Imgur)

freaky fruit 3
Two heads are better than one, right? (Photo: Imgur)

Photos of what look like malformed vegetables from Fukushima, Japan, have surfaced on Imgur. The strange produce have deformities, bumps and lumps all over them, and look like mutant cabbage patch kids beamed to Earth after having been harvested on an alien planet.

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Is the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a result of the disastrous 2011 earthquake and tsunami, to blame for the freaky produces’ appearance?

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melt down occurred after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated Japan’s coastal region in Fukushima in March 2011. It is the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986.

The catastrophe caused the deaths of some 18.500 people. However, none of these were the result of radiation exposure from the meltdown at the power plant.

In Feb. 2013, the World Health Organization, or WHO, released a report detailing the risk of radiation poisoning in the Fukushima region. They looked specifically at the increase in cancer incidence throughout the area. But, little correlation was found.

“For the general population inside and outside of Japan, the predicted risks are low and no observable increases in cancer rates above baseline rates are anticipated,” WHO reported.

This isn’t the first time the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster has sparked fears that radiation was causing deformities in nature. In August 2012, researchers in Japan discovered evidence of mutant butterflies. IScience Times reported that researchers collected 144 specimens of the pale grass blue butterfly, a common species in Japan, two months after the disaster. They found that 12 percent of the butterflies showed signs of mutation and abnormalities, including antennae disfigurement, small wings and a change in color patterns.

So are the apparent Fukushima vegetables the result of radiation? What do you think?
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What would A.E. Longley think? One would have to read the full volume of “OPERATION CROSSROADS. CYTOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF TRANSLOCATIONS IN CORN CHROMOSOMES RESULTING FROM IONIZING RADIATION OF THE TEST ABLE ATOMIC BOMB AND X-RAYS AND OF TRANSLOCATIONS FROM OTHER SOURCES [Paperback]
A E Longley (Author) ” including Appendix 10 which was classified “not to be released” by the nuclear authorities of the USA until it’s declassificatgion in 1997.

What do I think? Well the nuclear experts at Flinders University, funded by the US Department of Energy and similar nuclear experts with similar funding at Adelaide University state repeatedly that radiation is needed for evolution. That is, genetic change, they say, is caused by low dose “background” radiation. But they also say nothing bad has come or will come from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Which, according to them, has been repaired and back online since December 2011.

I also think that A.E. Longley was free to examine the question of the genetic effects of ionising radiation upon corn and other crops without harrassment because:
1. Nuclear authorities paid him to ask the questions and find the answers. They then kept the answers secret in significant part until 1997. (Source: US Defence Technical Information Centre)
2. TEPCO and 21st century “nuclear experts” were not around to throw bulk volumes of DSMIV at Mr Longley for asking the questions and providing the answers. As has been happening to the people of the world who question the Papal Bulls issued by the likes of TEPCO, Adelaide University and Flinders University in this matter today.

Of course Andrew Bolt would disagree. He is free to.

The whole thing reminds me of the classic quote from the 1950s Chair of the ICRP.

Speaking at an atomic conference at Geneva, Sir Ernest Rock Carling, a Home Office pathologist, declared: “It is also to be hoped that, in a limited proportion of cases, these mutations (from nuclear radiation from atomic bomb test fallout) will have a favourable effect and produce a child of genius. At the risk of shocking this distinguished company, I affirm that the mutation that will give us an Aristotle, a Leonardo da Vinci, a Newton, a Pasteur, or an Einstein will largely compensate for the ninety nine others, which will have much less fortunate effects.” Atoms for Peace Conference, Geneva (cited by Pauwels and Bergier, 1960)

After the Second World War, the first post-war ICR convened in London in 1950. Just two of the members of ICRP had survived the war, namely Lauriston Taylor and Rolf Sievert. Taylor was invited to revive and revise the Commission, which was now given its present name: the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). Sievert remained an active member, Sir Ernest Rock Carling (UK) was appointed as Chairman, and Taylor was Acting Secretary; after the ICR, Walter Binks (UK) took over as Scientific Secretary Source: ICRP Publication 109, The History of ICRP and the Evolution of its Policies R.H. Clarke and J.Valentin
Invited by the Commission in October 2008

So, can low level fallout of fission products and fission fuel cause genetic change? On the authority of the then Chair of the ICRP, yes. Can it cause genetic change in the human fetus? From the same source, yes. Can it cause genetic change in the crops grown in fields polluted by nuclear fallout in areas anywhere in the world, including Fukushima Japan? Well, the industry says no, citing DSMIV against those who disagree.

Citing the above sources, I say yes it can. I disagree with the ICRP Chair of 1955 in the social benefit he proposed, though his successors pretend otherwise. Eugenics should never a guiding influence.

What’s DSMIV? This: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagnostic_and_Statistical_Manual_of_Mental_Disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. The DSM is used in the United States and to various degrees around the world. It is used or relied upon by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the legal system, and policy makers. The current version, published on May 18, 2013, is the DSM-5 (fifth edition). end quote, DSMV is not approved for use in Australia yet, so all Barry and Pam have to throw at people who disagree with them is DSMIV. I have watched the Japanese government and TEPCO do the same to the people of Japan since March 2011.

In actual fact the abuse of DSMIV by nuclear authorities is all about the normalising of nuclear pollution. Those who disagree with them are, according to them and the social norms they try to create, mad.

The alleged “mental disorders” dropped in DSM over the years reveals the political barbarity of the concept of using “norms” as a diagnostic tool. Dictatorship dressed up as medicine. Especially in the manner in which nuclear industry has attempted to bludgeon those, particularly in Japan, who happen to have different views, knowledge bases and value systems to those held by those who would follow Sir Ernest Rock Carling and his ilk.

For an example of such an abuse read this:

http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2011/07/14/radiation-response-a-meltdown-in-reason/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fc67yQsPqQ

Fukushima Harbour is not a health spa. Barry, Pam and Andrew don’t swim there. Radiophobes.

By the same token, it is not nuts to ask what effects the nuclear pollution emitted from the fukushima nuclear reactors has had on fruit, other crops, the environment in general and upon people. Coming to a technical conclusion is not nuts, right or wrong, coming to a conclusion on the basis of belief or ideology is not nuts, it is merely not science. Today there are scientists who disagree. The matter of which, if any, of the holders of disparate views are “hysterical” is not determined by those disparate views. I might well be called “Radiophobic” by the pro nuclear camp in Adealide. However, in the course of my past employment I have sat with a 6 feet of a store room containing more Sr90, radio Cobalt and radium vials than Barry Brook, Pam Sykes and Andrew Bolt have. I didnt bother then and it does not bother me now.

My views are formed by past instruction. I have not been paid to promote the expansion of the South Australian mines. Some of those who would judge me nuts however, have been. One does what one’s funding body requires the subordinate to do.


asdvert circa 1920.

Advert circa 1920.


Japan 2011


34,000 Japanese children get dosimeters and must record their dose , 2013. “Nulcear medicine” in the new age.

“We need radiation in our environment, just as we need vitamins and minerals”. US DOE funded public web announcement published by Flinders University Adelaide, July 2011.

Shove it FU

rate of radioactivity of one gram of radium ? 1 curie

rate of radioactivity of one gram of strontium 89, the fission product? 28,000 curies.

What, in fractions of a gram, is the LD50 of radium?

What, in fractions of a gram, is the LD50 of Strontium 89? What is the physical volume of it in fractions of a cc?

Yes, Pam, dose is important. You know very well the LD50 weight of some fission chemicals is invisible to the naked eye. And you lament the fact though that the emissions are detectable by the average Joe. Must drive Bechtel crazy while Exxon laughs all the way to the Benzine bank.

NEITHER represent a high point of science Barry. You and your “either or” crap is typical and arrogant. It’s the old AEC trick of EITHER for atomic pollution OR the dissenter is a Communist. Worked a bit in the 50s, these days the nukers have to invoke the label of social misfit pscho babble “diagnosis”. Such as “hysteria”, “radiophobia” or “mentally weak” to label dissenters. All these terms have been used since March 2011 by nuclear authorities to label people who dared and dare express a contrary view to the one the Japanese and world nuclear organisations wanted to promote.

Perhaps the nuclear authorities are right in the postulation that0 the deformed vegetables of Fukushima are the result of a specular success in the decontamination of Fukushima, such that there is now insufficient radioactive materail in the vegetable plots to assure normal growth of plants. I very much doubt that though Pam. The mutant fruit appears not after any decontamination, but before the ongoing cleanup even commenced.

The entire nuclear industry knows, as a matter of basic training, that the unsealing of a sealed source is a breach of duty. Since March 2011 that breach of duty has been fudged on a global scale to minimise the awareness of the actual dereliction involved. The dereliction commenced when the first sods were turned at Fukushima and the sea side hills were excavateed and lowered to enable cheaper costs associated with the construction of the Fukushima Diiachi nuclear power plant and its cooling system. The placement of the emergency generators in the basements of the buildings was taken by the TEPCO at the time of desgin in the 1970s against the advise of specialists employed by General Electric Corp.

The question of what caused the mutant fruit and vegetables in Fukushima is more telling than mere radio biology. Why was the decision made to lower the elevation of the nuclear power facility made at the design stage? Why was the decision made, at the same time, to mount the emergency generators in the basements of the reactor buildings? These are technical questions which lead to a non technical answer. Technical considerations in fact can be seen to be secondary to what the nuclear industry most wanted to achieve in the design and construction of the Fukushima Diiachi Nuclear Power Plant.

What might that be? The Buck has to stop somewhere. So they say.

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