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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the global food chain

Here is the translation of part of an article appearing on Kokopelli's website. I thank the people at La Vie Verte for translating it from French and for publishing it on their website. I hope I do not overstep any lines by copying all of the translation here.....

Seven weeks after the tsumani of 11 March 2011, the situation of the reactors of the nuclear plant of Fukushima-Daiichi is deteriorating inexorably. On April 28, TEPCO announced that the ambient radioactivity was about 1220 milisievert/hour, which corresponds to practically 10 million times the dose of artificial radioactivity admissible in France (1 milisievert/year).

“In the US, plutonium 238 and plutonium 239 appeared from 18 March onwards: in California and Hawaii, and were respectively 43 times and 11 times higher than the maximum level recorded during the past 20 years. In March, drinking water in San Francisco contained 181 times the admissible dose of iodine 131. On April 4, rainwater in Boise, Idaho contained 80 times the admissible dose of iodine 131, as well as cesium 137.

“All these radioactive isotopes have been deposited in Europe, and if we are not finding them it is because we are not looking for them.

Before the end of 2011, all the soil on the planet will be inexorably contaminated by daily and permanent radiation of the Fukushima reactors. The same goes for the oceans and the water tables. That is when the radioactive isotopes from Fukushima will begin the long process of bio-accumulation by moving up the various levels of the food chain. In 2012, the whole of the planetary food chain will be radioactive and therefore hyper-toxic for human health.

“The safe limit of radioactivity is a huge scientific scam. Let’s recall that, according to experts in endocrinology, there is no such thing as a safe limit of radioactive contamination and furthermore, low levels of contamination can be the most dangerous for the human fetus than contaminations from large doses.”

“What to do? First of all, set up techniques for decontaminating soils. After Chernobyl, the sale of cheese was banned in Austria; however, we soon observed that cheese produced by organic farmers which had been using zeolites were exempt of radioactivity. All volcanic rocks from the family of zeolites have the reputation of being able to block heavy metals and radioactive particles. The first line of defense in the face of heavy metals and radioactivity is a microbial life in the soils and the presence of humus and minerals which are vital to the harmonious nutrition of soils. This first line of defense is absent from the majority of European soils which are dead, sterilized, oxidized and whose food products do nothing but generate in the human body free radicals which promote degeneration.

“There are also techniques for decontamination using mushrooms or plants to “fix” radioactivity. It is not easy to transform a garden or field into a mushroom plot. It is much easier to plant sunflowers or hemp/cannabis. Some studies have highlighted the fact that these two plants were used with success after the Chernobyl disaster.
The question remains how to recycle these plants after decontamination. We could suggest organizing pick-ups and sending them to the Elysee (presidential palace in France) or to the headquarters of EDF or Areva.”

More than ever, I say to Australians grow organic food / buy local and avoid all imported foods.... and for heaven's sakes SAVE your seeds!


JOC said...

This is scary stuff Kate. It should be main stream news or will we have to wait for wiki-leaks again?
I could try and plant a garden of cannabis but I have the local cop shop backing onto my yard and the skate park on the other side. Could be a bit of a problem so I guess we'll try sunflowers instead.
Seriously though, we all need to get planting our own food and learn to live without what we can not grow. I'm drying out seeds in the kitchen now as I type.

AlexF said...

I think the people at La Vie Verte may have made some mistakes in their calculations. Two plant workers at Fukushima received a total of 180 milliserverts (that's a tenth of the supposed hourly dosage quoted). But anybody standing even as close as Fukushima town hall would have received less than a thousandth of that. Standing in Tokyo you would have received more radiation per hour from a brick building than from Fukushima. In Europe you would do worse to eat one banana than worry about Fukushima.

Here is some perspective:

Kate said...

Thanks, Alex. Just makes us realise how hard it is to actually get facts. Whether your facts or those quoted by Kokopelli are correct I cannot say. (La Vie Verte was just the translator....don't shoot the messenger.)

AlexF said...

Yeah fair point! For reference, the list of Japanese government sources for that graphic are at

There is also a good set of facts at

RodM said...

For another perspective on nuclear disasters, have a look at This is a blog by a crazy Russian woman who likes riding her motorbike through the Chernobyl dead zone. She has lots of stories about the impact of the accident on peoples lives (probably like we are going to be hearing from Japan for a very long time).