I have previously described the mythology and propaganda which lies behind the Banana Equivalent Dose as a propaganda method.
Radio cesium is 100% radioactive. Potassium is composed of 99.988% stable potassium, 0.012% radioactive K40.
Cesium is a toxic, reactive metal. It is not a nutrient. It occupies the same tissues as potassium in the body. Radio cesium is a nuclear pollutant released by nuclear industry.
Potassium is a nutrient needed for life. All life has a potassium equilibrium dose dose= uptake – excretion and remains constant.
Radio cesium taken in from a constantly cesium polluted food chain is an additional burden, which forms a SECOND and ADDITIVE radio dose to the potassium occupied tissues.
The cesium dose does not REPLACE the small K40 dose. The doses add up.
There is no “equivalence”. this is not a comparative subtraction it is an actual dose addition.
Cs** + K40 = actual dose burden.
Plus chemical toxicity.
If all potassium on earth was removed, and was replaced by radio cesium, all life would die from 1. lack of potassium 2. Cesium toxicity 3. Radio insult to tissue.
The US has spent a lot of money trying to displace the radio cesium from the Bikini Islands by dumping tons of potassium fertilizer on the coral islands. This attempt to render the food grown there safe to eat has been going on for a number of years.
The addition of potassium, with its 0.012% of radio K40, does indeed reduce the radioactivity of Bikini coconuts and tomatoes. But they are not yet safe to eat. It will take much more potassium to reduce the cesium uptake by the plants, and much more time to decay the radio cesium.
THE CONCEPT OF THE BANANA EQUIVALENT DOSE IS INDUSTRY PROPAGANDA. BANANAS ARE NOT FUEL RODS.
IT DID NOT RAIN BANANAS ON BIKINI ISLANDS DURING THE NUCLEAR TEST ERA, IT RAINED NUCLEAR FALLOUT, INCLUDING RADIO CESIUM.
If the above is too complex for readers of Andrew Bolt to grasp, here’s some pictures showing the dissonance between the propaganda and the reality.
A Banana farmer
Tepco fuel rod “farmers” preparing to go to work and risk their lives, knowing their actions will shorten their lives.
A completely unguarded pile of bananas.
A spent fuel pool in the US, subject to severe restrictions of access, guarded with lethal force. Damage to such a facility carries profound risks to the USA, its people and its national security.
There is no equivalence between a pile of bananas and a pile of spent fuel rods. None at all, the concept is deliberately misleading propaganda.