September 24, 2011
The Fukushima nuclear disaster is not over, as food crops will be threatened for years to come.
It has been over 6 months since the Japanese tsunami and earthquake ravaged the region, and now radiation (high levels) is being found in the food crops.
An excerpt from The Wall Street Journal reads;
TOKYO—Japan has detected high levels of radiation in rice growing near the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, a government official said Saturday.
A preparatory test ahead of the official examination of the safety of rice in Nihonmatsu, a city about 30 miles west of the stricken power plant, found that a sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, the maximum permissible level, the Fukushima Prefecture official said.
Rice with up to 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram is considered safe for consumption, but shipments of rice exceeding that level are banned in Japan.
The cesium level found in the rice sample in Nihonmatsu is the highest discovered since the regulations were set in April, and no rice shipments have been banned, an official at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said. Rice with 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram still can be shipped.
When radiation is consumed it is far worse for the body then when applied topically, making this a bad situation for the people of Japan.