Japan Times: Fallout from Fukushima causing problems 180 kilometers away — “It’s all become no good”… Contaminated wild vegetables, fish, wild game

Published: February 16th, 2013 at 12:57 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima radiation threatens to wreak woodland havoc
Source: The Japan Times
Author: Winifred Bird
Date: Feb 17, 2013

Fukushima radiation threatens to wreak woodland havoc

For Yuji Hoshino, mushrooms were a way of life. The 50-year-old farmer grew up watching his father raise shiitake mushrooms on their land at the foot of the mountains in Sanno, southern Tochigi Prefecture. [...]

Because of fallout from three reactor meltdowns there, he has not sold a single shiitake since last May [...]

Hoshino’s farm is about 180 km from the destroyed reactors.

[...] he shut down the family store last May and began disposing of 30,000 logs exposed to radioactive rain. [...]

“Everything I’ve done up till now, it’s all become no good. I can’t collect wild vegetables and I can’t sell my mushrooms. There are problems with the fish in the rivers and I have to worry about contamination levels in the wild game, too. That’s what makes me the most angry,” he said. [...]

See also: NHK Special: 'Unexpected finding' revealed in Tochigi Prefecture -- 17 times radiation limit in front of school (VIDEO)

Published: February 16th, 2013 at 12:57 pm ET
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13 comments to Japan Times: Fallout from Fukushima causing problems 180 kilometers away — “It’s all become no good”… Contaminated wild vegetables, fish, wild game

  • weeman

    Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't mushrooms good at absorbing radioactive elements and if so would it not be more productive to seed affected areas with mushrooms, collect and dispose properly, it must be as good or better than there present strategies of removal of top soil, does it matter as recontamination continues.
    I am sure there is a yin and yan to everything although.
    Get the hell out of Dodge, now there is no permanent solution, only more accumulation to come and come and come for hundreds if not thousands of years, maybe longer.


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      They seem to absorb a lot of radionuclides but the figures are often given for dried mushrooms. Radiation measured dry appears 10x higher (guess) than the fresh, hydrated mushrooms of the same weight, so they seem to be *really* good radiation sponges.

      Fresh mushrooms are still good at bioaccumulating certain elements, but can't absorb nearly as much as bamboo or other fast-growing grasses. There's a lot of cereal crops local to that area that may even be better – rice itself is pretty good.

      The problem with all nuclear bioremediation through bioaccumulation and removal plans are 1) the willingness for anyone to pay for it, and 2) the fact that it depletes non-radioactive soil elements at the same time.

      If TEPCO would, say, pay enough by the bequerels per cubic meter for the harvested crops, then farmers would be financially motivated to plant crops good at bioaccumulation and also have enough left over to do soil replenishment fertilization.

      Nobody is going to do that, so it makes more sense for a Fukushima farmer to switch to crops that don't bioaccumulate well, and have a product that you can still sell = one that meets food radiation limits. If that's impossible, then it makes more sense to just not plant anything.

      The same sort of incentives could be used in urban areas, but never will. It's much more profitable to hire Yakuza contractors with pressure washers and take their kickbacks.


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      • SnorkY2K

        It becomes a case of what is ecologically good versus what avoids the most expense for Tepco/GE and others. Nuclear industry favors dilution to near background levels then disposing to environment. Ecologically the best thing is the opposite and concentrating it and removing it from the environment. The cesium is concentrated mostly in the ribs and it could be concentrated over many iterations growing and harvesting until it is no longer safe to process. At the end stage, the radionuclides would be mixed into glass and stored at great expense for a long time. Proper handling would be so expensive that it may influence future purchases of nuclear power


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  • TheMysticWizard1

    He should be very angry. This is what his government has allowed to happen. This is what the Nuclear Industry has said could never happen, but somehow still did. We should all be very angry with them, we didn't ask for any of this, it has been forced upon us. If we could be free from Nuclear Power just by reducing our consumption of power, I'm sure we would all do that. However it is not that simple, I feel that Nuclear would be the last place they cut back power production. If only we could wake the masses to the dangers and stupidity of the industry, then maybe we would have a chance to stop it, just maybe. We still would be stuck with the mountains of waste which we have no way of dealing with. The Nuclear Industry should have never been allowed to grow to where it is today, it has all been pure insanity.


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  • Jay

    Let them eat Cake !!

    But Where is ' Marie Antoinette ' to be punished ?
    Ooops , this time 62.7 % of the mob put her back at the helm .
    They got what they asked for .
    But Why the rest of us ??


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  • nedlifromvermont

    I'm pleased to see someone express anger … I sure feel it … but it seems like most people are "Oh well, that's too bad, but we had to let GE types do their nuclear thing 'cause it was such a good idea at the time …" … Wrong, and dead wrong.

    There was no compelling reason to proceed with nuclear power. America had abundant coal reserves and people were starting to talk about solar and wind … but the JP Morgan banker types wanted to control the electricity market … and where any two bit start up can run a solar farm, only huge, well-capitalized firms could dare run a nuclear reactor … this is all well known and documented .. but it still makes me mad …

    Guys who brought us nuclear power also lied about the Titanic sinking … because the truth might have caved the British ship building industry … it was a matter of empire, and the truth was lost in the chaos of run up to World War One.

    Designer's recommendation to use three quarter inch steel plate for ship was overturned for a savings … and five eighths steel plate was used … going too fast … no binos on board … utter calm that night … ignoring radio warnings … Smith thought watertight compartments would hold … but they didn't go all the way to the main deck …. soooo

    what supposedly couldn't happen surely could and did and Fukushima provides the bookend to the tragedy of unbridled, suicidal capitalism ….

    Don't it make you go hmmmmm.

    Peace, 'newsers …


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    • hogy

      "There was no compelling reason to proceed with nuclear power. America had abundant coal reserves and people were starting to talk about solar and wind … but the JP Morgan banker types wanted to control the electricity market … and where any two bit start up can run a solar farm, only huge, well-capitalized firms could dare run a nuclear reactor … this is all well known and documented .. but it still makes me mad …"
      This is the correct bottom line motive. The big capitalists were fast also getting government taxpayer-paid subsidies, as well.

      Made me mad as hell ever since the first nuke came online in the US. It just gets so bad that I try not to think about it except when reading ENENews. I also work hard for our local nuke watchdog org.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Let this be a lesson to all countries, because meltdowns happen, and you can loose your country and it's history, fast.


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    'Fallout from Fukushima causing problems 180 kilometers away'

    Tokyo – only 214 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi:

    'Tokyo Hit With Fukushima Radiation'

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/tokyo-hit-with-fukushima-radiation.html

    Not much farther, as the wind blows.


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  • 180 km = about 111 miles.

    That's this year. What about next year and the years after that?

    Spreading and accumulating is what radioactive contamination does.

    :( With time, it will destroy or damage ALL LIFE in its path.
    The paths or transport vectors of radiation are numerous. Just too much to be sprayed off with a garden hose, that's for sure.


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  • Sickputer

    Wm sez… "but aren't mushrooms good at absorbing radioactive elements and if so would it not be more productive to seed affected areas with mushrooms, "

    SP: Yes, mushrooms concentrate radiation isotopes a great deal. Lichen is another intense sponge for radioactive fallout and that's why the commercial reindeer in Sweden, Finland and Norway were badly contaminated by Chernobyl. Still high levels in many herds today.

    Excellent account here:

    http://www.utexas.edu/courses/sami/dieda/socio/chernobyl.htm

    "Most detrimental was the contamination of lichen, the main winter staple of Scandinavia’s reindeer. Lichens have no root system so they extract nutrients directly from the air, thereby acting as virtual radioactive sponges, absorbing incredible amounts of airborne cesium 137 and passing it straight onto the deer. Lichen is an extremely slow-growing plant, taking 30 years to regrow completely. Thus, radioactivity in affected lichen may not drop to safe levels short of 20 to 30 years after contamination.'

    SP: Dr. Raskin was a pioneer after Chernobyl in the use of certain plants to remove radiation and heavy metal pollution. A favorite is the mustard plant. Other good "sponge" plants are sunflowers, hemp, and corn.

    Here's a 1995 article about Raskin and phytoremediation:

    http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1995/Pollution-Fighters-Hope-a-Humble-Weed-Will-Help-Reclaim-Contaminated-Soil/id-70ada5a18a3150d1524ef08d4d4747ff


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Animals And Low Level Radiation Effects
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/animals-and-low-level-radiation-effects.html

    Chernobyl; Animal Studies Show Radiation Is Still Harming Our Wild Companions; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/chernobyl-radioactive-deer-antlers.html


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