Rice grown nearby Fukushima plant cleared for sale — Farmer: “I would not dare eat it… We feel guilty about growing it and selling it” (VIDEO)

Published: October 11th, 2013 at 1:03 am ET


The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition), Oct. 10, 2013: Rice Grown Near Fukushima Cleared for Sale […] Rice grown in some areas within a 30 km radius of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant will be cleared for sale this year, but concerns remain. Some samples have tested positive for radiation well above the permitted level. So far only test farming of rice in the region was allowed. Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday said 44 out of 52 sacks of 30-kg rice harvested in Minamisoma, 20 to 30 km from the power plant, likely exceeded the permissible levels of radioactive materials when tested with a conveyer-belt detector. The prefecture carried out thorough test of the 44 sacks, and detected 120 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, way over the permissible level of 100 becquerels. “It is possible to sell rice that does not exceed the level,” said a prefecture official. […]

Fukushima Farmers Negotiate with Japanese Government, Published August 31, 2013 – Farmer from Sukagawa, 60 km west of Fukushima Daiichi (at 1:45 in): Do you understand the meaning of ‘de’ in the word decontamination? We are just tilling deeply and spreading the radiation thinly. We are not removing the contamination. No wonder that the radiation level has not gone down. We measured the radioactivity in the air.  It has not gone down at all. We have not removed the contaminated soil. Of course not! The environment has not changed at all 2 years after the explosions. […] In Fukushima, all farm produce must be checked for the cesium level prior to shipping. The current government limit is 100 becquerels. The farmers know how many becquerels of cesium their produce contains. We can ship them if the reading is lower than 100. But I would not dare eat them myself. The consumers assume there is no radiation in the food they buy.  […] We farmers know better. We feel guilty about growing it and selling it. We won’t eat it ourselves, but we sell it.

Watch the emotional speeches from the Fukushima farmers here

Published: October 11th, 2013 at 1:03 am ET


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44 comments to Rice grown nearby Fukushima plant cleared for sale — Farmer: “I would not dare eat it… We feel guilty about growing it and selling it” (VIDEO)

  • Mack Mack

    Interesting 53-photo pictorial of Fukushima –>

    "The Broken Lives of Fukushima"

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Ship to all the heads of states, make sure the whiye house gets two times as much! Just because a man is put in office by dumb asses does not make him better or worse, they should eat what all people eat. I am a un-Tuna man & no rice for me, but all means sell it to your leaders they derseve the best!

  • Ontological Ontological

    My wife and I still have rice from pre Fukushima times stored. Saw this coming, we have noticed that some greens are a bit active before they are trimmed and any brown slime from hot particles washed off of organic vegetables once trimmed and clean activity drops as much as 40% depending on what was prepped for cooking. We to date have not found anything over 100 CPM as the alarm on our GMC-300E dosimeter has never gone off. But washing food, and screening hot items from your cart to begin with is a wise choice these days. Certain wheat products are a bit warm now be warned. We stopped seafood during the oil spill, and have been Vegan/Vegi since Fuku. Protect yourself folks. I am a skull cancer survivor, they cleaned my head out of carcinoma 8 months ago; only to awaken in this ever worsening nuclear nightmare. I know it is hard to exit your comfort zone at the signpost up ahead…


      @Ontological – Your post has not been overlooked, thank you!

    • jec jec

      Checking food for radiation with the GMC-300E probably will only pick up a minimal stray radiation beam. Remember, food radiates at 360 degrees, the dosimeter will only pick up a tiny part of that. But its something. If your background radiation does not pick up, and food is carefully rinsed to get off hot particles (if that's possible to do), you stay out of the rain, and don't drink rain water–(or snow or fog)–guess that is the best we can do. No Pacific seafood unless the fish are not migratory, they don't eat migratory sealife or eat algea which accumulates radiation, and then are from the southern ocean…and so on. kind of rules out seafood, doesnt it? Would also think bottom dwelling sealife, crabs, clams etc–could get the fallout doses as well.

      We need scientists to test and accurately tell us the danger areas-AND THEY NEED FUNDING TO DO THIS. No funding, no testing. Guess what, no testing….and too much politics! Face saving politics!

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        Makes me curious to learn or find out if anyone has done any testing of Maine Lobster or Canada Lobster off the east coast. I realize that radiation has traveled the air currents and sea currents…but there has been no specific mention about the northern east coast of USA/Canada and what might be going on there. Does anyone know of any similar sea star deaths off the east coast at all. I know there are tons of star fish right off the point at Cape Cod and Woods Hole isn't too far from there either. I sure would like to learn more about this.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    The Japanese government will buy it and just dump it. The rice grown in the fields north of here is shipped to Japan by the ton.

    They won't be exporting much of anything, least of all rice.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    MichaelIV, You don't really believe that do you? I highly doubt they will dump it. There is no reason to believe them about anything.

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      I'm an optimist…

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        I'm proud of you being an optimist. We need more optimists in the world. 🙂

        I try…but always seem to fail at it. All this news (and lack of news) can very easily weigh-down on me. I have to limit my time on this site in my own attempt to regulate the glass half-empty-half-full thing.

      • Good for you, but money trumps everything right now in Japan.

        They are so desperate for money, they are willing to contaminate their own kids, eat contaminated food and water, plus deny all health effects even for those affected.

        Short term savings yes… but very severe long term consequences, that should be starting to show up right about ……..


        2 years is the magic number for a bunch of cancers, etc that appear after exposure to low dose radiation…

        We predict a constantly rising rate of cancers, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, eye problems, infections, and genetic problems in all age groups, both sexes, from now on..

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Haven't had rice or seafood since March 2011, and it will stay that way, thanks to nuclear.

  • Go Flying

    Quote ''We farmers know better. We feel guilty about growing it and selling it. We won't eat it ourselves but we'll sell it'



    They apparently know the difference between right and wrong but have flushed their ethics and morals down the crapper (that is assuming they ever had any ethics and morals in the first place).

    After reading this apologist farmer's bullshit, I don't fucking care how many bills you got to pay and how many of your family you have to clothe and feed…NOTHING EXCUSES your disgusting actions.

    it's not so complicated… If you know an action is morally and ethically wrong, then DONT FUCKING DO IT.

    What next…? 'Please sir, I didn't want to do this but the vicious government forced me to grow it and sell it…'

    Damn them to hell!

    • Its Curtains

      You beat me to it… I was collecting myself before I went on a full on Sam Kinison rant.
      Well said GoFlying

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Yup. It took me about 30 minutes of thinking about this…. before I came to the same conclusion too! It's so much easier to blame the next guy rather than taking the time to look at yourself and examine what you might be doing that contributes to the 'wrongness' of any situation.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      That was my first reaction. Then I realized it was based on the fantasy world in my head. Sorry if that sounded abrupt. It's how I said it to myself. I was woken up after watching the economic meltdown. I learned if someone has invested everything they have in a certain direction, or even worse if an industry is large and money making, it is like trying to turn around a giant cruise ship moving at top speed. The momentum alone keeps everything in forward motion.

      For the individual, in this case the farmer, a certain number of people would step away but for most it means they'll no longer have income. Not only will they not have income but they'll still be liable for the debt on their property, machinery, and supplies. They worry if their families might starve or at least be financially destroyed. You have to remember the government is not offering them a safety net because it does not recognize the problem. Sometimes I imagine this is where we see the suicides. People do what they have to do to survive (and perhaps save their socio-economic position in society) but then hate themselves for it. Don't you understand, though? They are trapped.

        • bo bo

          Reminds me of a similar article on gulf shrimpers I read a while ago… where they statedthey would never eat the shrimps themselves, and feel guilty. The shrimp harvested these days have no eyes, and have deformities due to the spraying of the toxic dispersant Corexit.

  • orsobubu orsobubu

    I've found one can virtually drive everywhere in Fukushima prefecture with Google StreetView, because the pictures were taken a few months ago, and is frightful to see an almost abandoned land, scattered with men in protective suites. I suppose it's safe because probably beta rays don't irradiate through the net

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Someone should tell them to STOP growing it. They need to stand up and take personal responsibility too instead of just yelling at their so-called government leaders. They are on the front line. They are spreading the poison. STOP GROWING CONTAMINATED FOOD AND STOP SELLING IT TO YOUR NEIGHBORS! (This is not rocket-science). Feeling guilty is bullshit. They should feel guilty if they are going to willingly sell this to other people. They need to evacuate. Get out of there. and just STOP contributing to the madness!!!!

    • Go Flying

      They shouldn't need to be 'told'

      Any right thinking person with.just a hint of humanity and the slightest degree of empathy would immediately KNOW the right thing to do without having to be told.

      Blame it on what? The culture to blame for the total lack of moral compass? How do you explain the concept of right and wrong to people unable to understand?

      I believe the correct term for these people is psychopathic.

      • bo bo

        So why are we still feeding children Hershey chocolate? I'm not defending thses people's actions… just… it's not a Japan specific situation.

          • bo bo

            They don't give a f*ck!
            They just wanna make a buck!

            …pretty much sums it up.

          • Au Au

            Good song. Halloween is coming. I did not know that about Hershey's chocolate. It tastes like wax anyway so it's never been a temptation-whew dodged a bullet there. Put a wick in their chocolate bar and use it for a candle.

            • bo bo

              They try to promote how chocolate is good for heart health – but that's the good oil – cocoa butter – in chocolate that has benefits. Most common brands of chocolate in stores -like Hershey – use 'cocoa butter substitute' which clogs up the arteries. They take the cocoa butter extracted and make profit by selling it to make expensive cosmetics.

              And don't get me started on child slavery in west Africa used to harvest cocoa beans. Most chocolate in supermarkets today is 'blood chocolate'

              I'm at work right now so can't get link but it's easy to find info on this online, very good BBC documentary on YouTube available

        • bo bo

          Actually I rethought this issue last night.
          Hershey chocolate continuing to sell radioactive chocolate and the rice farmers and gulf shrimpers are 2 different issues.

          Hershey had a choice back then to move their production outside that area or at least spend extra money to source their milk from outside the area. I'm sure they had enough money, but they chose to save money.

          Rice farmers in Fukushima, gulf shrimpers, dairy farmers outside TMI, they have fewer options. Just wanted to sort that out.

  • razzz razzz

    The way Japan has been going, they will dilute the rice using less contaminated rice until it under their set editable levels then send it to school kids and the homeless. Anyone who is defenseless.

  • Ontological Ontological

    What is wrong with these people you ask? Dementia cases following treatment of brain tumors with radiotherapy administered alone showed that radiation exposure causes brain lesions that take two basic forms: (1) a diffuse axonal and myelin loss in the white matter associated with tissue necrosis, particularly multiple small foci of necrosis disseminated in the white matter which appeared different from the usual "radionecrosis"; (2) diffuse spongiosis of the white matter characterized by the presence of vacuoles that displaced the normally-stained myelin sheets and axons. Despite a rather stereotyped clinical and radiological course, the pathological substratum of radiation-induced dementia is not uniform. Whether the different types of white matter lesions represent the spectrum of a single pathological process or indicate that the pathogenesis of this syndrome is multifactorial with different target cells, remains to be seen. Extreme limited time doses or long termed low dose exposure to beta radiation from nuclear fallout can also cause this dementia condition.

    • hbjon hbjon

      As I feared. My prediction of a zombie apocalypse has come to pass. The most fragile of human tissues will be the first to experience necrosis and disease.

      This is from the radiological disaster at the FDNPP complex. There is no doubt about it. The horror of this reality is beyond comprehension to most people.

      It seems that the cells that absorb less metals have better resistance to the harmful effects of radiation. This may be because of the fact that metals take on radioactive properties when irradiated. In short, cells with higher concentrations of metal will heat up for a longer duration of time. Causing the death of that cell in some cases.

    • Go Flying

      Japan is demonstrating the proof of dysgenics

      Idiocracy has come 500 years early to Japan.

  • or-well

    "Don't be a chicken –
    eat one!
    Eat anything you wish!
    If it's from Fukushima
    it makes a tasty dish!
    No imminent threat, don't worry,
    it won't kill you on the spot.
    Get yours, right now, in a hurry,
    while Fukushima foods are still hot!
    Help afflicted regions recover!
    Let's make good from the accident!
    So what if we later discover
    we have to death children sent?
    We'll kill all Japanese children,
    with home-grown radiation!
    We'll make infanticide our passion
    in our suicidal nation!
    We'll call it dying with honor
    for having polluted the world.
    There won't be enough bone-marrow donors
    so we'll kill all our boys and girls!"

    Heads of Gov, on a stick, good for roasting.
    Who will raise a glass and be toasting
    the inmates who run the asylum
    in Japan – Insanity Island;
    the psycho-pathologically amoral,
    those who hunger for profit and power,
    who'll return Japan to pastoral
    emptiness in their final hours?

    Will rage of the mothers and fathers
    pull these fools from their thrones of deceit
    or leave them in place to devour
    the innocent and all the meek?

  • or-well

    Farmers, speaking truth to power. Response – people continue to be effectively forced to live in contaminated zones and the "eat and support Fukushima" campaign rolls on.
    And those, like Andrew Karam, "radiation safety professional", continue downplaying the health effects of radiation.

    • hbjon hbjon

      Rice is very tiny and can be passed through a filter that stops fuel pellets and most reactor debris from reaching the final product. Sure they found plutonium miles away from the wreckage at one time, but they dispatched the theater cleanup crew and whisked away all that. (exaggeration tag needed)

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        They cleaned up Rocky Flats. But the amount of plutonium there today is the same as before the clean up. Plutonium is a daughter product of uranium. Also very fine powder of plutonium is continually circling the globe and being deposited again and again.



    A Japanese fast food chain is growing vegetables on fields abandoned due to high radioactivity in the Fukushima area.

    Fox News – Yoshinoya has announced that it will produce the ingredients for its beef bowls in Fukushima, home to a nuclear plant that has suffered a series of leaks after a devastating tsunami struck Japan in 2011.

    The chain’s owner, Yoshinoya Holdings, said it set up a joint venture with local farmers to grow rice, onions and cabbage 50 miles from the plant.

    "We believe this will lead to support for reconstruction," the company said.

    Tens of thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes around the damaged nuclear plant.


    I had posted that news item on Enenews already, but it is so outrageous, that here it goes again. It belongs in the Fukushima Incredible but True (very thick) file.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Always follow the money! Its a human well taught/implied/promoted condition…