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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Rice Crisis: More importantly, Bio-accumulation and the severity in Japan

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Rice Crisis

The entire part of the Japanese nation that produces food is contaminated.
"...Farmers in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have begun planting rice in a district once designated a no-go zone because of radioactive fallout ejected by the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
It is the first time since the March 2011 core meltdowns that rice intended for sale has been planted in any former hot zone within 20 km of the power plant. Saturday’s rice planting was carried out in Tamura’s Miyakojimachi district, about 15 km [9.4 miles] from the plant. Residents can enter without permission during the daytime but aren’t allowed to stay overnight."
“..Rice contaminated with radioactive cesium has been detected in Miyagi Prefecture. It is the first time that contaminated rice has been discovered outside of Fukushima Prefecture. The rice, which at 240 Bq/kg exceeded government-mandated limits by almost two-and-a-half times, was not sold to the public. Prefectural officials have requested that nearby farmers refrain from shipping rice and other produce until further testing can be conducted…”

"Let them eat rice"

According to Rana Bahadur Budhathoki, head of NFC [Nepal Food Corporation] in Jumla, Japanese rice is not selling well since the last two months. According to the locals, the main cause of aversion toward the new rice received as donation from Japan is that it doesn’t taste good and it allegedly caused diarrhea in some cases.
A whopping 460,000 kg of Japan-donated rice is languishing in the warehouse of government-run Nepal Food Corp. in a district in far-western Nepal because the grain has failed to find takers. Even when asked not to send rice they did.

Dilution is the solution

The contaminated rice will be made "safe" by diluting it with rice grown elsewhere.
Since contamination is measured by bq/kg, that would actually work. If rice contained 100bq/kg of cesium (which is already a safe amount) and it was mixed 50/50 with rice containing 0 bq/kg, the resulting rice would be 50 bq/kg.
Now, since the governments and TEPCO [Tokyo Electric Power Company] have lied constantly since the Construction of the Fukushima Plant, what in the world makes anybody think that their telling the complete truth now? They keep lowering the bar on safety.
The problem is, we do not KNOW if U.S. sold rice is from Japan or not, thanks to Hillary. Also thanks to Ms. Clinton General Mills can buy all the rice flour Japan sells, no detectors needed. So if you don't want radioactive Rice Chex then choose alternatives.
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