Fukushima radiation found in California milk, fruit, vegetables

  • Published on June 1st, 2011


Commentary by Steven Hoffman

As the crippled reactors in Japan continue to emit radiation into the environment, the risk grows that it will appear in our food. Radiation has already been detected in trace amounts in milk across the U.S., and in strawberries, kale and other vegetables in California.

“The Swiss government Wednesday decided to exit nuclear energy, phasing out the country’s existing nuclear plants and seeking alternative energy sources to meet Switzerland’s energy needs, following widespread security concerns in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.”  – Dow Jones, May 25, 2011

“We believe we can show those countries who decide to abandon nuclear power—or not start using it—how it is possible to achieve growth, creating jobs and economic prosperity while shifting the energy supply toward renewable energies.”  – Chancellor Angela Merkel when announcing on May 30 that Germany would abandon nuclear power by 2022.

Nuclear energy is clean…until it isn’t.

The emerging reality of the ongoing nuclear reactor crisis in Fukushima, Japan—now in its third month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami caused nuclear explosions at the plant 150 miles north of Tokyo—is that it is not under control at all. Three of the six reactors are in meltdown. The crippled reactors are acting like a huge dirty bomb, emitting significant quantities of radioactive isotopes that are, in fact, contaminating our air, water, soil and food in a steady stream that may continue for a long time.

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And it’s not just affecting Japan, though they’re certainly getting the worst of it. Since the accident on March 12, radioactive fallout from Fukushima has been spreading to the U.S. and across the northern hemisphere. Elevated levels of radiation caused by the meltdowns in Japan have been detected in drinking water across the country, in rainwater, in soil, and in food grown on U.S. farms.

The mainstream media is not really reporting on this. Since the initial weeks of the accident, there has been a disturbing silence. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the utility that owns and operates the reactors, and the government of Japan have handled public relations around this monumental disaster about as well as BP handled the Gulf oil spill last summer, and they are losing credibility fast. The radiation has leaked much faster than TEPCO’s disclosure of information related to the crisis; it’s only now that we know that three of the six reactors at the plant are in full meltdown. One of the meltdowns occurred within hours of the accident on March 12, but was not revealed until May 15, more than two months later.

Crisis, What Crisis?

In announcing the news, TEPCO admitted that it did not want the public to know the extent of the accident early on to avoid panic. They continue to downplay the time it will take to get the reactors under control and the threat this unprecedented crisis presents to our food, health and environment. While TEPCO has given a time estimate of six to nine months to control the reactors, on May 29 a senior TEPCO official admitted that it may be impossible to stabilize the crippled plant by the beginning of 2012. One U.S. official, John Kelly, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear reactor technologies at the U.S. Energy Department, told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in late May that the Fukushima reactors are still in grave danger and may continue to vent radioactive steam for a year or more, according to the Washington Post.

With the reactors in meltdown, TEPCO employees are racing to avoid a potential “China Syndrome” as superhot nuclear fuel melts down through holes burned into the steel and concrete containment vessels into the earth, thus liberating it into the environment.

Additionally, highly toxic radioactive iodine, cesium, strontium, plutonium and other toxic man-made radionuclides have leaked unabated since March 12 into the ocean and atmosphere. The radiation is contaminating large areas of Japan. Monitoring the ocean around the Fukushima plant, Greenpeace reported on May 26 that the contamination is spreading over a wide area and accumulating in sea life, rather than simply dispersing like the Japanese authorities claimed would happen.

Also, radiation continues to blow in a steady stream across the Pacific Ocean toward North America, following the course of the jet stream in the atmosphere, and major currents in the ocean that flow from Japan to America. It took less than a month for radioactive iodine and cesium from the Fukushima nuclear accident to first show up in U.S. milk, and it continues to be detected in trace amounts in milk produced in California, one of the only states conducting any kind of testing for radiation in food.

-> Next page: Independent Tests Indicate Radiation Is Entering the U.S. Food Chain

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  • how much radiation is too much in veggie stocks coming out of the state? why is this story not complete? What are the independent studies showing for exposure and danger? this is a half assed story from half assed reporting …useless …seriously

    • Get real, nuke syndicate troll. Bone-up on the studies already done, since 1945, on poisonous radioactive poison. Bet you are some nuke industry apologist, work for them, or just too lazy ignorant to keep quiet about what you really are trying to insinuate!

  • Human beings have created hell on Earth. We are killing our population for profits which show how sick and suicidal this mentality is. But some nation get it and want to protect their people- Too bad it’s of no consequence here.
    Our fate is in the hands of the polluters who are totally irresponsible. It is a true tragedy for humanity.

  • All of the above people should understand that the Japanese radiation is going to go on forever, and we are all getting roughly twice the dose of radiation as before and it is never going to stop and includes all the most poisonous nuculear radiation they always say is the most poisonous. This is settling on all food and all land everywhere around the earth, everyday continuously because the meltdowns are still going down into the earth and going deeper and deeper every day and all this burning radiation waster smoke and steam is boiling out 24-7! Never stops!

    That is how bad this is.

    I was very depressed for our world when I saw what would happen in last march. I had carefully followed the other nuculear accidents because of family members who were workers in plants all around the country. Every plant is completely unique and has a history full of questions and huge power production all well mixed. Nuculear power generation is the most complicated business there is. Emanent scientists said in March that, “This goes Beyond Science!”

    Please tell everyone to read this. We are all going to get way more radiation every day, from now on. Increased radiation is directly associated with increased cancer, in all statistics compiled so far. So first we will watch the Japanese people. Are they dieing? Not yet, but things look grim. I just read about the mutant vegitables.

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    “Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors,” according to nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds.

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  • I hope there will be a solution to the radiation so that the milk, fruit and vegetables won’t be affected. I wonder if Japan will take some necessary precaution so that it won’t harm more edible items in other countries.

  • You guysm ust have read a different website than I did, because when I went to your source and read a few news bullets I found this:

    “Please note that though all I-131 activities have increased due to this revision, the levels are still very low — one would have to consume at least 1,900 liters of milk to receive the same radiation dose as a cross-country airplane trip.”

    I’m all for drinking less milk, but 1900 liters of milk?? that’s a lot of milk… I bet that doesn’t even include the dose from the body scanners you’ll walk through.

    • The problem with your theory is: YOU ARE NOT AN AVERAGE.
      On average the milk is perfectly safe. But radiation is not evenly distributed across the landscape. It’s clumpy.
      So, for instance, you could have a speed detector in Atlanta, and another one in Birmingham, that would tell you that the average auto speed was a perfectly safe 25 miles per hour.
      This would NOT make it perfectly safe to take a stroll across the NASCAR track at Talladega.
      SO, if you drink the glass of milk that is 20,000 times higher – a not unlikely scenario – you are LIKELY to die of thyroid cancer.
      But go ahead, roll the dice if you want to. It’s your life.

  • This writer doesn’t really seem to have done his homework. He says things that show that he doesn’t have much understanding of nuclear radiation, or science. For example “ingesting or inhaling long-lived, man-made radioactive particles over a long period of time in our water, dust, soil and food is very different than being exposed to electromagnetic radiation from a television or cosmic radiation from a plane ride.” Why did he not read the UC Berkeley page where they explain how and why they made the comparisons to plane flights? http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/2044#dosecompare
    In general, this article uses science to make fear claims but then discounts the same science and scientists who say that there is no reason for fear in California from the accident in Japan.

    • One more time: If you inhale a radioactive particle, it sits in your lungs irradiating them for the rest of your life. Likewise radioactive iodine, which concentrates in your thyroid.
      It’s the difference between cutting yourself shaving – which is no big deal – and SWALLOWING THE RAZOR BLADE.
      Get it now?

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  • The Federal EPA and Obama declare GULF SHRIMP are safe to eat, NUCLEAR REACTORS are safe in the US., No danger from FUKUSHIMA FALLOUT AND Santa Claus has just left the NORTH POLE.

  • Is it possible that the higher radiation in some areas of the US is from their own nuclear plants? In the short distance from Vancouver BC to Seattle the radiation is usually 3x as high in Seattle. Otherwise, it would seem that the radiation is respecting the border

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