Sir Xsarus wrote:
Everything I've read points to it mostly being negligible and that it's mostly being fuelled by uninformed drones like yourself panicking. Not to minimize the seriousness of this accident, it's still correct to compare nuclear power to other sources and when you do you'll notice that the negative impact is far lower.
I agree with you, a lot of people are saying all food of Japan is full of radiation, while it's only Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma
which have these issues. Even there, it will take the consumption of 58,000 glasses of milk from the region or 820 pounds of spinach to reach the amount where it reaches dangerous levels. Also note, that drinking water in the city of Fukushima is safe for consumption.
Hokkaido, which produces 25% of Japans food, is completely fine. Chiba, which is south of Ibaraki also has negligible radiation issues with its food, and is fit for consumption. Aomori, Yamagata and Akita also remain safe. All of Western Japan, including agricultural centres like Tottori and the entirety of Kyushu, are free of radiation.
Japan imports around 60% of its food, a significant amount from China, which doesn't exactly have a stellar food safety policy. Japan also consumes most of the food it creates, it doesn't export that much of its own food.
The nations that are banning exports, are specifically temporarily banning those 4 prefectures, NOT
the rest of Japan. It would be correct to say that the East Tohoku/North Kanto food export market may collapse, but that is minor when looking at Japanese food exports as a whole.
Interestingly enough, the export market collapse isn't due to radiation levels in the produce, but due to radiation panic.
New York Times wrote:
Japanese officials began by banning the sales of only certain foods, including spinach and milk, which are especially prone to absorbing radiation. But the ban was later extended to a broad range of produce, even as officials stressed that the radiation level in any single product was not dangerous for anyone who consumed it at ordinary levels.
Farmers say the ambiguity has effectively shut down their sales. “We think we’ll lose 80 percent of our income,” Ryuji Togashi, who runs a Towa-area farmer’s co-op store, said last weekend. “We’ve been damaged by rumor. People think that all our vegetables are affected by radiation. We can’t even sell the products that aren’t affected.”
Airborne levels are decreasing in Fukushima and Ibaraki according to the NISA. Any particulates that made its way around the jetstream are minuscule, about as dangerous as eating bunch of bananas. Edited, Mar 30th 2011 10:43pm by Keikomyau