Kyoto Nuclear Professor: “There is no longer any such thing as clean and safe food” after radiation from Fukushima spread around planet — People who advanced nuclear power should be made to eat the extremely contaminated items (VIDEO)

Published: May 4th, 2012 at 1:18 pm ET


Press Conference on Fukushima Daiichi Disaster
May 4, 2012 10:00 am ET

Speaker: Hiroaki Koide, Nuclear Reactor Specialist and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.

Rush Transcript Excerpt

Koide: There is no such thing as clean food.

The Fukushima accident has happened and a tremendous amount of radiation has already been released and spread throughout the planet.

That’s why there is no longer any such thing as clean and safe food… our only choice is whether we accept that or not.

I do have one proposal:

… the people who advanced nuclear power be made to eat the extremely contaminated food.

People like the managing director of Tepco, or members of the parliament… academics who promoted nuclear power.

I’d like to build a system that feeds them with contaminated food.

But that’s not enough. I also have a proposal that the relatively contaminated food be feed to the adults that have accepted the nuclear power industry and the relatively uncontaminated food be fed to the children.

Published: May 4th, 2012 at 1:18 pm ET


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43 comments to Kyoto Nuclear Professor: “There is no longer any such thing as clean and safe food” after radiation from Fukushima spread around planet — People who advanced nuclear power should be made to eat the extremely contaminated items (VIDEO)


    "…the people who advanced nuclear power be made to eat the extremely contaminated food." Wow! Now that's some cold justice, if there ever was…

  • kintaman kintaman

    Agree 1000%! Please feed Edano, Hosono, and the other politicians responsible. Also TEPCO executives….feed them all and their families.

    Also, put them and their families on site to do the manual clean up work forever.

    • andii

      Edano and other politicians should be prosecuted!
      It is known that his family fled to Singapore soon after 311, ex PM Kan sent his family to Osaka while people couldn't escape from Fukushima due to petrol shortages.

      Look at the difference of these photo lol

      Edano visiting Minamisoma city, Fukushima

      People in Minamisonma

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Hiroaki Koide, speaking the truth! Thank you, sir!

  • Jebus Jebus

    What an ingenious way to finally "lay to rest" the controversy over the effects of internal emitters!

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I'm amazed by the outspokenness (if such word exists). Remarkable, and surely fueling the anti-nuke movement in Japan!
    + 1000

  • Jebus Jebus

    Welcome to the worlds newest reality show – Nuclear Survivor – Island of Dreams
    Where Pro-Nuclear contestants pursue contaminated challenges and
    answer nuclear related questions. Get it right and you live to play another day.
    Get it wrong and your food is carefully chosen with the best radionuclides money can buy.
    Here are your hosts, Prof. Arnie Gundersen and Dr. Helen Caldicott.

    • selfsovereign

      Hi Jebus,
      After reading that one I've got coffee spray all over my outdated apple sceen.

      … busy a while moping this one up

      • Spectrometising

        selfsovereign, i second the motion (Coffee spray all over PC screen.) in response to Jebus's comment, but my coffee spray was all over an outdated machine running Linux.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Well Arnie, what do you think about that Atoms for Peace team today?
      I don't know Helen, that Rod Adams is still charging through the challenges.
      He's lost a few members, we'll see what happens in todays challenge.
      Were gonna be challenging them with a 100 yard spent fuel rod race today
      Ya Arnie, The NRC's team captain is looking a little pale and he's lost all his hair.
      Yesterdays fuel pellet toss, took it's toll, but they are well fed and ready for today.
      Let's get started….

    • You're so sick. And so funny.

  • selfsovereign

    Let the demons of this world reap what they have sown, literaly!
    Inspiration hero, that one!
    And, considering their culture and inevitable blowback, he's got cajones like bowling balls!

  • Lacsap Lacsap

    "the people who advanced nuclear power.."

    Those people get the least contaminated food, have higher priority on 'good food'. We the people get the contaminated food, 'the leftovers'.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Wow, finally.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    HERE is another lecture by Hiroaki Koide.
    Heart bows deeply to his bravery.

  • covelogibbs covelogibbs

    I'm not sure how constructive this is, but it's a very powerful statement. I think it would effectively be the end of nuclear power. Unbelievable that anyone is for nuclear power after Chernobyl and Fukushima. Will it require a nuclear catastrophe near a major U.S. city to wake the world up? Everyone should be required to watch "Hiroshima-Nagaski, August 1945," because when it boils down to it, pun intended, nuclear power is all about the atomic bomb. Well, the lie about harnessing the "peaceful atom" has bitten back and the world should now see that each reactor is a ticking time bomb in itself. Maybe those that are in favor of nuclear power should just be declared clinically insane and locked up? That would probably be harder than forcing them to eat the most radioactive food.

    I know I don't want to eat the radioactivity, yet I want to go get some abalone today, but since the abalone exclusively eats kelp and radioactivity was found in the kelp here on the west coast, I'm unsure if it's safe for my family. An abalone grows about 1/2 inch per year, so maybe I have a few years before the radiation is bio accumulated, or maybe I don't!?

    Any source of energy that can have this kind of impact half a world away, where the dangers are known, is not just criminal, it's evil. It could not exist without subsidies.

    The planet cannot afford nuclear power. I hope Japan turns to renewable appropriate technologies to replace nukes and shows the rest of the world…

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      TMI is in Harrisburg PA. That is a big US city.
      Everyone believed the spin

      Google has searchable scans of the news papers of the day (1979 for the young uns)
      Same spin;barely a word different

      • covelogibbs covelogibbs

        True, I should have said another catastrophe near a major U.S. city. Three Mile Island has been soooooo downplayed and I shouldn't have jumped on that bandwagon. Plus the legacy of atomic bomb test should not be downplayed either. Nor the routine releases of radiation from operational reactors. And let's not forget about the work required to deal with the waste at Hanford. The list goes on and on, I guess that's one of the reasons Greenpeace did their "365 Reasons to Appose Nuclear Power" piece, which is available online ( hint: there is a documented accident or near accident for everyday of the year). In fact the reactor nearest me (Humboldt Bay) is being decommissioned after being shut down in 1976 because of newer more "stringent" requirements after the Three Mile Island accident and Discovering major faults nearby……… Rumor has it that it either suffered a partial meltdown or that it was known to leak before instalation and was installed at Humboldt Bay to be shut down so that everyone still got paid. In any case what I do know is that in 2004 Pacific Gas and Electric announced they had lost three fuel rods. WTF PG&E? After a million dollar investigation they think the 3 missing fuel rods are on site, most likey in a spent fuel pool. So although I'm relieved that most of the spent fuel is now on site in dry cask storage, we're not only in earthquake country, but Humboldt Bay is definitely in the tsunami hazard zone, I still do wonder about those 3…

        • covelogibbs covelogibbs

          The shutdown at Humboldt Bay wasn't because of the newer requirements put in place after TMI, having happened three years earlier in 1976, but a restart suddenly became a much more expensive prospect. That and the earthquake and tsunami hazard.
          From the NRC:
          "Humboldt Bay, Unit 3 was a 65 MWe boiling water reactor plant located 4 miles southwest of Eureka, CA. The plant operated commercially from 1963 to 1976. On July 2, 1976, Humboldt Bay Power Plant (HBPP) Unit 3 was shut down for annual refueling and to conduct seismic modifications. In 1983, updated economic analyses indicated that restarting Unit 3 would probably not be cost-effective, and in June 1983, PG&E announced its intention to decommission the unit. On July 16, 1985, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued Amendment No. 19 to the HBPP Unit 3 Operating License to change the status to possess-but-not-operate, and the plant was placed into a SAFSTOR status. SAFSTOR is the decommissioning method in which a nuclear facility is placed and maintained in a condition that allows the safe storage of radioactive components of the nuclear plant and subsequent decontamination to levels that permit license termination. "

        • ruth

          Wow, I live 10 miles north of the Humboldt Bay decommissioned nuclear plant and casked spent fuel and I did not know of these disturbing rumors, but I have only lived here 3 years. I do know that The Eureka/Arcata/McKinleyville area was being cited by some federal agency up until 5 years ago for very high particulate matter. It was thought that the big lumber processing plant that ran a biomass plant was the primary source of nasties. It closed down about 5 years ago and the air is cleaner by far. Humboldt County also has high cancer rates especially for being so remote so I bet this decommissioned nuclear plant did leak. I have avoided the Pacific ocean beach since Fukushima but went out there today with visiting family and took my detector. I got 62CPM reading from the sand for a 2 minute reading. I will go back another day to get a timed reading. The air ranges in the low 30's CPM but I have gotten readings in the 50's from dirt here.

  • arclight arclight

    "…But that’s not enough. I also have a proposal that the relatively contaminated food be feed to the adults that have accepted the nuclear power industry and the relatively uncontaminated food be fed to the children….."

    yep! + 1000

    • arclight arclight

      contamination around the world eh?

      explains the uk stopping testing in scotland just before the years contamination and the emmissions from the dounray destruction of highly radioactive NaK began its 2 year bioaccummulation.. the cesium yield from japan would have made itself felt this year too!

      explains all the countries developing a shroud of secrecy around radiation monitoring in general..

      maybe explains how EURDEP the european radiation monitoring can be offline at a crucial moment..

      explains how busby as well as others, have difficulty with getting samples tested privately..

      phew! explains quite alot!!

      thanks admin for posting

  • snowwy snowwy

    kind of interesting situation… no more worries about having to pay too much pensions to the ever growing count of people over the age of 60 … i wondered how they are planning to do it and here is your answer. lets not test food ever again i guess.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The witch-hunt is on!

    • Centaur Centaur

      Nah… there are no witches. Witches only exist in fairy-tales. 😀

      My 2¢: It's an "utopian style" of thinking given by Dr. Koide here. Based on "strict justice and pragmatism in regard to survival of the most _innocent_ ones in a state of self-inflicted environmental crisis". Not "from this world" in a way (unfortunately), … that's what gives his words so much ("_only_ on _first_ sight apparent") "social dynamite".

      If you look at it a second time, you see, that he is… just simply right. (afaics). 🙂

      & Kudos to Mr. Koide.

  • Centaur Centaur

    MUST SEE (on topic!):
    (uploaded 08.07.2011)

  • devaduta

    anger and vengeance is the path to the dark side…solutions come from cool heads and a world wide effort to move on to the next clean energy source…………………………..

  • devaduta

    anger and vengeance is the path to the dark side…solutions come from cool heads and a world wide effort to clean the mess up and move on to a clean energy source…………………………..

  • Karli

    Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, and others, will be speaking at the University of Chicago Atomic Age II: Fukushima Symposium, Sat, May 5, 8:45 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free-open to public. RSVP

  • OhioBoy

    Simply put, Jebus, You rock!

  • stopnp stopnp

    I love this guy. Its not revenge. This whole industry is denying how dangerous nuclear energy and it's wastes are. Let all of them prove to the world how not dangerous ionizing radiation is. This has been my line of commentary for pretty much everyone who wants to debate anything that I have to say when it comes to nuclear power.

    Move to Fukushima prefecture, eat the food, drink the water, swim in the lakes and streams… Enjoy the environment created by your nuclear proliferation. Enjoy the destruction of your ecology and economy. Realize that in your disease of greed and power what you have accomlished. None of this had to happen.

  • Ron

    If anyone is still watching this thread, I'm wondering if someone has done a study (not anecdotal theories) of which foods are the most contaminated and which are the safest to eat.

    I've read to eat low on the food chain, IOW plants, which would make sense since animals that spend all day eating plants, cattle for example, will tend accumulate radioactive substances, then if you eat them you would get a concentrated dose.

    But which plants can you eat? Broad-leaves plants like lettuce area, we're told, a no-no since they would catch a lot of the rain water. Potatoes are bad because the contaminated water soaks into the ground where they are. Maybe small leaved, above ground plants. Of course small leaves can potentially soak up as much radiation because even though small there are a lot more of them. But what about the fruit or vegetable itself is small, like perhaps beans?

    Any studies?

  • mvogell

    What a useless wast of people that could instead be sent in to clean up the mess. Give them all the protection possible and they will still die soon enough. Someone will eventually have to go in and do whatever is possible.

  • gnomesang gnomesang

    He is my hero. It is so vital we protect the beautiful innocent children. Thank you for
    Your bravery and honesty.