UPDATE: See comments below
The worst vegetable mutation, Fukushima Diary, Jan. 4, 2012:
Vegetable mutation: sample taken in June, Saitama
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This is horrible. (7/13/2011) Harvested in June, Saitama.
Wasn’t able to find a link to the original tweet by @masason. If anyone locates that please leave in the comments.
- What happened to the plants?
- The pine trees, evergreen trees… the fact of witch’s broom, from one bud you can see a lot of shooting like a broom
- The leaves were gigantic
- The seeds and the leaves were very big
- IAEA: “An increased mutation level was apparent in 1987 [...] abnormalities include unusual branching of stems [...] abnormal colour and size of leaves and flowers, and development of ‘witches’ brooms’ in pine trees.”
- US EPA: Chernobyl Environmental Impact – “Radiation stress has caused changes in tree growth patterns, such as this formation of “witch’s broom,” a condition in which too many shoots form on a bough.”
- Chernobyl biologist: “All the trees are clearly mutated.” They’ve lost the internal signals that make a Christmas tree taper toward the top. Instead, he says, “they don’t seem to know which way is up.”
- Man makes monster-sized discovery of potatoes like giant hands – Mainichi, Jan. 1, 2012
- Mutated vegetables – Fukushima Diary, Dec. 19, 2011
- After the atomic bomb of Nagasaki and Hiroshima vegetables grew huge or became mutated – Fukushima Diary, Dec. 27, 2011
- Vegetables have gone gigantic – Fukushima Diary, Dec. 1, 2011
Published: January 5th, 2012 at 12:54 pm ET