Vegetables and water contaminated

I was not afraid of the radiation from the nuclear plants in Fukushima.  Unless there was a nuclear explosion, which is physically highly improbable, I was thinking that we are safe in Kofu.

I was a bit afraid of the rain, because I lack the knowledge of meteorology.  I checked the direction of the wind and the radioactivity level in the rain, and I felt all safe.

Vegetables and drinking water were found to be contaminated by radiation, which is natural in this situation.  According to the governmental reports, the quantities are very low.  Probably, the effects are negligible.  However, the bad thing is that I cannot check  the radioactivity of all foods we have myself.

Now I  need to rely on the government for what we eat, which is not a comfortable situation for me.

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2 Responses to Vegetables and water contaminated

  1. AdelaideBen says:

    I agree entirely with you. There are risks and then there are risks. I have not been overly worried about meltdown (though early on it was a greater chance… then again, my knowledge of light water reactors is only just above absolute zero).

    The problem I see is the contamination of water (what are you supposed to use to cook with, perrier?) and the take up of radionuclides within the food chain (leafy vegetables are one thing… they don’t tend to move… but sealife does). The chances are that you’d not noticeably increase your chance of cancer… but what do I know?

    Unfortunately it all comes down to a person’s trust (a) in the government setting right public policy, (b) private industry in not circumventing public policy.

    In all the confusion and mis-information, does anyone have that much trust? I am getting nervous again about bringing my son to Tokyo… just because there are more and more things that are being taken out of my control and placed in the hands of others… who perhaps (rightfully) don’t have my son’s interests front-and-centre of their minds.

    The scary thing is that even those of us that have training in science, don’t really have the expertise to make sound judgements on events like these. Not immediately anyhow. The really scary thing is – does anyone now? Will this event be consigned to history as a lesson, like Chernobyl. After the fact?

    This is not a physics/chemistry question. This is as much an engineering and social science question (not to mention psychology). Tokyo itself represents such a complex system of systems that it is near impossible to identify ramifications of public policy (e.g. the governments guarantee to supply x tonnes of bottled water to infants just reinforces the view that the water is bad… is this good or bad policy?)

  2. Muravej says:

    The situation became irritating. I will try my best to protect Katya, Maya-san, and myself.
    I will try to obtain as much information as possible and estimate the danger. I do not hesitate to leave Japan if it is needed, which at this moment seems unnecessary.

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