More US tuna contaminated — Study: Entire food web “including humans” may be affected as Fukushima radionuclides spread to West Coast

Published: October 24th, 2012 at 9:27 pm ET
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Source: http://www.pices.int/outgoing/PICES-2012/Abstracts/S11/8703_Brodeur-j.doc

Backup: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Vj5eDhzn7CgJ:www.pices.int/outgoing/PICES-2012/Abstracts/S11/8703_Brodeur-j.doc+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjGotfpC0ZEwJiS9GUndMw563-NnwTuqsBtLqfK-hw4FHtPXlJL131paSVMypTqYSH-fH54vDtK0SpsIfNPDWKpuuAH2RLc_Cwp7kHf8yH1fNimHJK3SvRZfk_jUOP-tWUA8TaI&sig=AHIEtbSqAcU45LImvzeUkyA9X0HimWcmjw

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Fisheries researcher Jason Phillips bleeds a just-caught albacore tuna into a collection bag (By Cisco Werner, Southwest Fisheries Science Center)

Presented: Oct. 16, 2012 in Hiroshima, Japan

Title: Assessment and characterization of radionuclide concentrations from the Fukushima Reactor release in the plankton and nekton communities of the Northern California Current

Delvan Neville (Oregon St. Univ.), Richard D. Brodeur (NOAA), A. Jason Phillips (OSU) and Kathryn Higley (OSU)

The incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant released a substantial radioactive contamination into the environment. With the predominant wind and current flow in this part of the North Pacific, these radionuclides will gradually spread to the US West Coast waters after a suitable period of time, with the possibility of affecting food quality throughout the food web (including humans). In addition to the passive transport by currents and winds, the migratory pathways of large pelagic fish extend from Japan to the Northern California Current. These organisms can serve as transport vectors for these nuclides, especially given their capacity to concentrate radionuclides from surrounding waters and prey. [...] By predicting the radio-biologic stress (if any) for a managed species as more Fukushima-related radionuclides are uptaken, appropriate action may be taken before significant population effects have occurred. Determination of natural background concentrations and high quality transport models produced from these data also aid in management in the event of a future accidental release, and in regulating safe activity releases.

Oregon State University Press Release, Oct. 24, 2012:

[...] Phillips spent this summer collecting more fish at sea, off Oregon and Washington, as well as from scientists, fishermen and other sources along the West Coast. [...] As more fish were tested, the results were consistent with the initial findings: No Cs-134 in fish caught before the disaster, but traces of the isotope in a significant number of fish caught since. “This is what we’ve seen after testing about 70 pounds of tuna,” Neville said. [...]

No mention of the actual cesium levels detected in the tuna, only that it’s safe to eat.

KPLU broadcast here

Published: October 24th, 2012 at 9:27 pm ET
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76 comments to More US tuna contaminated — Study: Entire food web “including humans” may be affected as Fukushima radionuclides spread to West Coast

  • papacares papacares

    just in from Oregon State
    http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2012/oct/pacific-albacore-carry-barely-detectable-fingerprints-fukushima-disaster
    (short quote)
    10-24-12

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Samples of albacore tuna caught off the West Coast of the United States show minute traces of radiation that can be traced to the Fukushima reactor disaster, according to an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    The radiation levels in fish analyzed to date are far below anything that would pose a risk to humans who consume the fish, the research team emphasized. The findings are preliminary; additional fish remain to be tested.


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    • harengus_acidophilus

      I see:
      "far below anything that would pose a risk to humans"

      What about: "no treshold"?

      h.


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      • papacares papacares

        (from the article)
        “What we can say is that we have detected Cs-134 in fish thousands of miles from where that Cs-134 came from, and over a year since it was released,”…. “It's very interesting scientifically, and it can tell us more about tuna migration and what happens to radioactive releases, but it's nowhere near enough to be concerned about food safety.”
        (papa here)
        What is near enough? it is obvious the tuna industry is being impacted by earlier reports released in CA concerning the tuna fisheries and scientific evidence of radiation contamination – fishing is the lifeblood of the Oregon coast so it is interesting the scientists are admitting Cs-134 being found in any tuna, they have only tested a total of 70 pounds so out of the tens of 1000's of tuna being caught they were only able to test +/-7 fish and find Cs-134 which only has a life of say 4 years.
        (again from the article)
        The researchers first identified two Fukushima-linked isotopes – Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and Cesium-134 (Cs-134) – this July, in samples of fish caught and frozen in 2011. (did you catch that frozen fish from2011)

        This particular combination of radioactive isotopes is produced by fission in nuclear reactors, and less commonly, nuclear weapons. Cs-134, in particular, is considered key to the Fukushima nuclear “fingerprint” because it decays very rapidly, with a half-life of just more than two years while Cs-137 persists for decades


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        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          Do Cesium 137 and/or Cesium 134 radioactive isotopes or nuclides or whatever you call teeny-tiny particles actually Freeze? What is that? How does that work? Can anything on a tiny-scale be killed or rendered harmless in any way regarding the food chain? Any mitigation possibilities here? … just curious and asking/wondering.


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          • papacares papacares

            @pr
            it would be wonderful if one could just freeze up the teeny-tiny particles but alas it is not to be – the fish were frozen and tested at a later date – why? only this grouping of scientists could answer – however to my way of thinking it is comparable to a female telling her lover they are only a little bit pregnant


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          • It doesnt work that way, you can't kill a radioactive atom. Cant freeze it, cant burn it. You can only let it "burn itself out" over for the Cesium and Strontium, about 300 years to go almost all the way, away. Uranium and Plutonium last far longer, and they kill as heavy metals even more than the radiation.


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      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        I would like to know the level that they have found in the Plankton I remember a few months ago a report about plankton levels and thinking shit if it's in the plankton the entire pacific ocean, food chain has been compromised. The first report talks about the plankton and the second report seems more focused on the migratory patterns of tuna. I must say I would strongly advise not eating tuna as I found the repetition of stating how safe the levels of C-134 and 137 are that were detected and most I assume a dash of Strontium basically a devils brew mix. I just Wow. NO NUKES


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        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          The following is what I meant by they only seem interested in migratory patterns of tuna.
          “What we can say is that we have detected Cs-134 in fish thousands of miles from where that Cs-134 came from, and over a year since it was released,” Neville added. “It's very interesting scientifically, and it can tell us more about tuna migration and what happens to radioactive releases, but it's nowhere near enough to be concerned about food safety.”


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      • andagi andagi

        Dear papacares,
        Thanks for a great post and link. I was horrified by the humanitarian indifference and detachment in the article… not even a remote whiff of 'no nukes'. Just more 'oops'… allrightythen…
        My question is, is this the beginning of the perhaps 'dumming down' in the US even if this study is valid? What about principle?! Where's Wyden?!
        What about the west coast's dose in 3/11? What about the ongoing releases and ocean contamination? We want more!
        Not to discredit this study. Thanks for doing it, but no statement regarding the fundamental wrongs? Let's just dance then.
        Folks, keep posting, reading and sharing ENENews! Generating worldwide change daily, 24/7!
        We've got moxy! :) Never give up!
        Aloha.


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        • papacares papacares

          @andagi
          thank you for the kind words – the number of people realizing something must be done is growing through education – your comment on dumbing down is spot on, very few are aware the Chernobyl or Fukushima disasters are still occuring – the sadest part is what this lack of knowledge is doing to our children, a group of enewsers tried unsuccessfully last spring to keep a number of U.S. children from being sent to Japan as guinea pigs to promote tourism, the people in Seattle organizing the UNESCO event would not relent saying it was safe to send these children, there is no blindness as those who choose to see only what they want to see, and money makes for some pretty dark glasses, however enewsers have reported to them on a daily basis knowledge about the nuclear industry and slowly more and more are joining the ranks because they are being educated on what the reality is and knowledge is power


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  • voltscommissar

    Google cache can still see the "echo", and the abstract appears to have been quoted in full. It only remains to add author details:

    Delvan Neville: Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97391, USA. Email: dnevill@gmail.com

    Richard Brodeur: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR, 97365, USA

    Jason Phillips: College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331, USA

    Kathryn Higley: Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97391, USA
    *********************************************************************

    It is a worry when they say "appropriate action may be taken before significant population effects have occurred." For a managed species, the only realistic intervention is to take it off the dinner plate.

    I cannot envisage any sort of "appropriate action" which can magically restore a CHRONICALLY poisoned population of albacore tuna to health and vitality whilst swimming in the North Pacific nuclear sludge bucket. :-(


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  • arclight arclight

    the cache has gone too??

    found this pdf on the symposium though

    As one of the effects of this earthquake and tsunami, large amounts of radioactive substances leaked into the North Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The concentration of the radioactive substances, mainly 134Cs and 137Cs, in seawater decreased to a not detectable level within several months, even in the waters around the power plant. The radioactive contamination in the living resources of the waters off the Tohoku region has also declined to not detectable or quite low levels with time. However, in some areas, the concentrations in submarine sediments and some benthic organisms still remain at relatively high levels. We will continue to monitor the radioactive substances and examine their movement in the ocean ecosystems…..

    http://www.pices.int/publications/book_of_abstracts/PICES-2012-Book-of-Abstracts.pdf


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  • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    I like to take the opportunity to counter-emphasize to those good scientist about a logical dynamic called accumulation and kindly ask to reword their emphasings to something we can see resonate in reality now or later.


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  • voltscommissar

    wow I can't keep up!

    "While Cs-137, which persists for decades in the environment, could come from other possible sources," is a tacit admission that Nnorth Pacific albacore already have trace pollution of Cs-137 from Chernobyl, nuke tests, etc.

    No surprise that the combined activity of Cs-134 + Cs-137 are not expressed in Bq/kg of tuna meat. Key facts are being withheld by patronizing scientists.


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    • voltscommissar

      by way of comparison, natural K-40 radiation inside your body is something of the order of 60 to 70 Bq/kg, so any additional radionuclide with activity in that ballpark must be adding a quantifiable incremental risk to getting cancer, in the circumstance where you eat Pacific seafoods on a regular basis, say weekly.


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  • from 'snagged' document.

    keywords:
    "passive transports, pathways, transport vectors…"

    "..especially given their capacity to concentrate radionuclides…"

    "…appropriate action may be taken before significant population effects have occurred."
    – Do they mean on the fish or people? …or both? :(


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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @ChasAha

      "…appropriate action may be taken before significant population effects have occurred." I think they mean people. Can't you just see the government jumping up and down at how fast they must act?

      We grew up near the Gulf Coast of Florida so we ate seafood most of our lives. It never occurred to us that the day would come when this was no longer possible. When the Macondo well blew and BP despoiled the GOM with corexit, I knew we could never eat seafood again and we have not. That was the end of it forever. However, many natives continue to eat GOM and other seafood such as tuna, so the they really needs to study this ASAP.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Love seafood, but quit eating it after the Diiachi meltdown.


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  • Molly

    I am finished with eating any seafood that comes from the Pacific or Gulf. Only small, fresh water pan fish. This makes me very sad. And I can only eat the small fresh water fish since I am no longer a candidate for pregancy. Good-bye seafood. I fear we will say good-bye to our food sources one by one.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Hmmm, there was no mention in the text of the process they used for testing the presence. However, the photo shows collecting blood from a tuna. Radionuclides don't collect in the blood, but rather the meat and the bone. If they are testing the blood only, then of course the readings are barely detectable.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    i understand why they are downplaying the levels, I don't think there is anything that can be done so why cause additional stress to an already stressed out society. I know…….. JMHO


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    • Indeed, and how slimy that is, just keep on smiling.


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      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Yes, it's slimy but understandable due to economic conditions as this has the potential to destroy the economy and that's what the powers that be are concerned about as nothing can be done, at the moment, to reduce contamination. We need a global effort to systematically shutdown nuclear power thus it is incumbent on those of us in the know to inform and educate to forever close down the nuclear power industry around the globe.


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  • Sickputer

    This new nucleocrat fish study is a classic exercise in Big Brother disinformation. There is about an 89% chance that the albacore tuna in this research project never swam within 2000 miles of Japan.

    In fact Japan is one of 9 focal areas that these juvenile albacore tuna (much like juvenile bluefin tuna) may return for winter feeding. Unless tagged there is no way to distinquish Japanese juvenile tuna from the other geographic areas. The ones in Japan are also typically surface feeders in contrast to deeper diving larger tuna that prey on more contaminated fishlife.

    Don't take my word for it… Read this important research document that must have slipped by our chrrent crop of fish researchers:

    http://afrf.org/tagging/tagreport.pdf

    SP: Silly nucleocrats… You can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can NEVER fool an Enenewser.

    Madness in Japan… bioaccumulation is increasing and Big Brother has no solutions…


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      1000+

      Most of the tuna spent most of their time around Southern California, based on this study, and even if they did go out further, it was only to an area offshore of California, not to Japan…

      They must not be reading their own research.

      We wonder what the radiation load is in tuna caught off the coast of Japan?

      Strange… so much silence..

      Hellllooooo, anyone out there?


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      • jump-ball jump-ball

        "…young albacore (larvae and juveniles in their first year of life) are believed to remain relatively close to the spawning grounds and eventually, congregate in waters south and east of Japan prior to beginning their first migration.":

        http://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?ParentMenuId=136&id=1187


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        • jump-ball jump-ball

          "Juvenile migrations typically begin in the late spring and early summer off the coast of Japan. By late summer, juvenile Albacore have migrated across the Pacific Ocean to the inshore waters of the U.S. west coast and by year-end they have returned to the western Pacific Ocean.":

          http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/voicesofthebay/pdfs/albacoretuna.pdf


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          • jump-ball jump-ball

            "Pacific albacore…normal range is from Cedros Island, Baja California, to Oregon, from the central Alaskan coast and as far south as tropical Mexico. The remainder of the year they spend migrating to Japan and returning to California.":

            http://www.allfishingbuy.com/Fish-Species/Albacore.htm


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            • Sickputer

              Everybody has an opinion on highly secretive ocean fish movements, but I prefer to accept scientific tagging surveys instead of an educated guess. Perhaps in decades past the juvenile albacore tuna (remember this nucleocrat whitewash involved the small albacore tuna) did make annual migrations when ocean temperatures were different. If you read the full 2011 tagging research document I posted there is reference to the juvenile fish prefering certain higher water temperatures than found in Japanese waters.

              Solid evidence in the tagging survey shows 9 focal points for juvenile albacore tuna. Only one is southeast of Japan and the other 8 are 2,000 miles from Japan.

              http://afrf.org/tagging/tagreport.pdf (Page 9 graphic)

              I have more faith in this study than the anecdotal puff pieces by the nucleocrats or fishing industry sources. YMMV


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              • jump-ball jump-ball

                The 9 'focal points' are where these 20 tagged juvenile fish spent 47% of their time after migrating, and the word "spawn" is not used in the report: are you saying that northern Pacific albacore do not spawn off Honshu and southeastern Japan and then migrate to the eastern Pacific, before returning to Japan to spawn?


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                • Sickputer

                  j-b queries: "are you saying that northern Pacific albacore do not spawn off Honshu and southeastern Japan and then migrate to the eastern Pacific, before returning to Japan to spawn?"

                  SP: Yes, I am.

                  "North Pacific albacore tuna begin to spawn when they reach five or six years of age. The spawning normally happens in subtropical waters located fairly close to the equator"

                  http://www.thefreeresource.com/albacore-tuna-what-is-an-albacore-tuna-facts-and-resources

                  SP: Perhaps some do spawn in Japan. But they may stay for years much farther from Japan. If it was proven those fish hadn't been back to Japan for two years then how it look for their results of cesium134? And left unsaid is that if those fish had cesium134 it is a given cesium137 was also in the flesh. They danced around that non-disclosure. You have to admire the ingenuity of these government researchers…trying so hard to please the bosses and the fishing industry.

                  That is why I advocate aggressive tagging of Japanese fish to help track movements and radiation levels. The nucleocrats and commercial fishing corporations oppose any tracking because it is not going to help their industry dispel fears of contaminated fish.

                  They picked a fish species for this study that was a good for their interests. But the truth will trickle down eventually into public knowledge with the appropriate spin.


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    • Sickputer

      Page 14 of the same study:

      "The patterns of habitat-use exhibited by North Pacific albacore, particularly for the fish caught and tagged in the southern fishery area, are similar to those observed for juvenile bluefin tuna studied with archival tags in the eastern North Pacific (Boustany et al., 2010). Both are temperate tunas that spend a significant part of their juvenile life in the rich waters of the California Current. Of 146 juvenile bluefin studied off Northern Baja California, Mexico, all but 17 over-wintered along the U.S. and Mexico coasts and showed migration patterns similar to the six albacore in the present study that overwintered along Baja."

      SP: Sounds like the classic story of 5,000 mile one-way tuna winter migration trips back to the Nippon motherland is just that…a story.

      To be fair… Things have changed in the world of tuna and they are not stupid organisms. There are good reasons why migratory patterns have changed. Probably the largest being the insatiable Japanese fishing pressure. Just ask the Aussies about that. The Japanese fleets swarm south of Australia for yellow tuna now that they have driven away the Japanese colonies.


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  • ShutItAllDown

    The tuna is safe to eat, and I am the Pope.


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    • Sickputer

      If they really had any semblance of compassion for the plight of future fish consumers they would have tagged ten thousand fish on the eastern seaboard of Japan, both migratory and non migratory. But governments have no compassion when they are bought and paid for by special interests. The love of money has corrupted most elected officials. Greed trumps human compassion for these nasty nucleocrats.


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    • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

      /With all the contamination, what kind of meat can the pope eat now?

      Nun?


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      • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        In case of a slow ELE , Vegetarier's will live the longest , the difference could be significant i guess . A potato stay's in its 10 cm² , a cow

        grazes every particle light of dead the grass catches with wind and rain , and get with contact and skin and other activities +prolonged

        lifespan X? multyplied the amount of that potato on your plate.
        Mobile food is bad , food hanging in the wind i don't know how much less bad , but underground food might be best for your long term

        surviving chances imo if you care about them. But this is a generalisation , soil cantamination ofcourse also differs .
        And don't walk around with your outside shoes inside your house . Take every evening a quick shower and wash your clothes/sheets

        accordingly when you live in high risk places. Bring fresh air in to your house in short bursts , meaning all doors and windows wide open for a

        few minutes max and close again.
        This should have been part of official guidelines from governments to population right from the start, now that i think about it .


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Really imagine what this would do. It would have a domino effect and the small worker would be the one that suffers thus I have mixed emotions concerning this issue. We really need to focus on shutting down this dangerous industry as I do not want the guy who is lifting boxes of tuna to lose their job. I'm having difficulty clarifying what I want to express this precarious situation and I apologize if anyone thinks I am condoning the BS of "small amounts not harmful to humans" but I understand the ramifications. Is it the right thing to do? Hell no, but is it necessary? Well to a certain degree. I don't know it's just so frustrating I wish I could develop a machine that could extract the nasties from our food and I continue to hang on to hope that such an innovative product is within our reach.


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  • vital1 vital1

    "The Food Lab" is an attempt to create an up to date data base of the latest International reports of radioactive isotope contamination in food items. It is by no means a complete list. If you know of a reported detection that is not on this list please lets us know by posting a comment at the site.

    It also has free downloadable guides on how to test food for radioactive contamination using a Geiger Counter, plus information on how to set up a more sophisticated, cost effective DIY food testing lab for your home, or the community.

    http://sccc.org.au/archives/2861

    A lot of the information at the site could only have been put together by this community and like minded communities sharing information.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Thanks vital1 I have a geiger counter but my understanding is you need a spectrometer? to detect radiation in food. I will check out the site you posted. Thanks


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      • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

        You can check food radiation with a geiger counter but for the food to be detectable, the radiation contamination level must be very high.

        I posted some info here so you get the sensitivity in perspective.
        http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation/comment-page-9#comment-297983

        So in a way, if your sample is contaminated with 100,000Bq/kg of radioactive materials it can be still made to look ok if you measure it from a distance e.g. 1m+

        Also, you need to take into account how high the backround radiation in your home etc

        We should be concerned with much lower level of radiation that is not detectable with a geiger counter such as 1 Bq/kg hence you need a spectrometer.


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      • vital1 vital1

        You are correct, you need a scintillator or better to have any chance of detecting the tiny amounts of radioactive contamination, that could poss a health issue. The Guides explain that, but also provide information on how to best use a Geiger Counter if you have nothing else to test food with.


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    There is always Costco's African Haki fish, nice flavor, or not as healthy, their South American farm raised Salmon, on sale till Sunday. I am checking into the decontamination of livestock, & farm raised food by feeding radiation absorbing clays & zeolites. Also, treating food with them. Arnie Gunderson http://www.fairewinds.org mentioned zeolites at the D.C. Fukushima hearing, on 9/20/12, when I talked to him.


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    If you eat one radioactive CA pistachio, or mushroom, then a few days later another, and another. How many does it take to give you a Cesium 137 heart attack, or brain hemorrhage? That is the question!

    I like the example of swallowing a handful of 300-year living, armor plated cockroaches, ready to feast on your internal organs, till your are nothing but dust in the ground.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      My understanding is that you should avoid everything which contains radionuclides but that's just not possible. Studies show that low level rads can be just as bad? I guess we are on our own here and need to research. I remember reading that they gave the children in Chernobyl apple pectin to curb the effects of Cesium, namely Chernobyl Heart and just read the following about fish. "To bolster public confidence in food safety, the government in April tightened restrictions for cesium-134 and cesium-137 on seafood from 500 to 100 becquerels per kilogram. But the step led to confusion among consumers as people noticed more products were barred.
      Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said some radioactive water used to cool the Fukushima reactors leaked into the ocean several times, most recently in April.
      "Given the 30-year half-life of cesium-137, this means that even if these sources (of contamination) were to be shut off completely, the sediments would remain contaminated for decades to come," Buesseler wrote in Science.
      Experts suspect that radioactive water from the plant is seeping into the ground water at the same time, and is continuing to make its way into the ocean.
      Hideo Yamazaki, a marine biologist at Kinki University, agrees with Buesseler's theory that the cesium is leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant and that it will contaminate seafood for more than a decade.
      He said he believes the plant will continue to leak until cracks and other damage to…


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      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

        Continued…."He said he believes the plant will continue to leak until cracks and other damage to the three reactors that melted down are repaired. It's unclear when that work will be completed, or even how, because radiation levels in the reactors are too high for humans or even robots.
        "The current levels of contamination in the fish and seafood from the Fukushima coast will continue for a while, perhaps more than 10 years, judging from the progress in the cleanup process," Yamazaki said in an email.
        Buesseler, who led an international research cruise off northeastern Japan in 2011 to study the spread of radionuclides from the Fukushima plant, says predicting patterns of contamination requires more than monitoring data on fish. Careful study of the ocean waters and sediments is also needed to determine how quickly the system will recover."


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      • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

        "Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said some radioactive water used to cool the Fukushima reactors leaked into the ocean several times"

        err, I think it's been leaking ever since 311…that's 19 months and still counting. It wouldn't be so bad if it was only a several times.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    If a BILLION people eat invisible, non tested radioactive contaminated food, will any of them know?


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  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    "How many does it take to give you a Cesium 137 heart attack, or brain hemorrhage? That is the question!"

    According to Busby, heart related illness such as heart arrhythmia, heart attack and cardiac insufficiencyheart failure etc became apparent when a child has over 40 Bq/kg of Cs-137 which could easily be accumulated considering when rice is contaminated with 100 Bq/kg.

    No wonder young and middle aged people who have no known illness are dying suddenly in a classroom, in sleep, while driving or cycling etc.


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    • jec jec

      Great question~ how much of a food with 100 bq/kg would it take to make a 20 kg child reach a 40 bq/kg level of Cs-137? Seems like a reasonable exercise in math..if we knew how much CS-137 was absorbed internally and stored. What about the OTHER radiative products in the item(s)? would it be vitally important for parents to know. Also..as foods are not uniform in their take up of radaiation..every item eaten needs testing..kind of a personal food dosimeter as external personal dosimeters only measure outside/air/atmosphere radiation.


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  • Fred

    No scientific information from this university, whatsoever. No methods of measurement, no actual data, no mention that they used an old surplus CD V700 holding the tube up over the dead fish on the floor without stooping down from 4 ft with the gamma window closed.

    There's a thousand ways of measuring the fishes' radiation levels that will make the marine research department's fisheries friends immensely happy. It'll make their nuclear power grant supporters also immensely happy.

    Why do I feel so sarcastic? Have we been lied to before?


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  • …more Fish Testing – Fukushima

    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in an article to be released Friday in the journal “Science.”

    “The fact that many fish are just as contaminated today with [radioactive elements] cesium 134 and 137 as they were more than one year ago implies that cesium is STILL BEING RELEASED to the food chain,” writes Mr. Buesseler.

    Mr. Uematsu says, "…there may be many other undetected routes for radioactive contaminants to reach the ocean, such as via rivers and groundwater streams. Contaminated dirt on the land could fall into rivers, carried by streams and empties into the ocean, and get slowly moved offshore by tides…"

    http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/10/26/fukushima-watch-the-riddle-of-the-radioactive-fish/


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  • kalidances

    Every research facility in the country should be at red alert trying to figure out how to get this out of the water or create a technology to create new water.
    These are my suggestions:
    Hemp crops
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/tr003

    (Note this is NOT the psychoactive variety of the plant or flowers. They are regular common-use crops)

    Nanotechnology
    http://www.scidev.net/en/features/nanotechnology-for-clean-water-facts-and-figures.html


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  • Alec

    Hey people, I am a sushi fanatic. Years ago some sushi restaurant owners told me that they get fresh fish from Japan. I have no idea what proportion of USA sushi is from Japan, but some is. About 6 weeks after Fuku catastrophe, I took my crappy Geiger counter to a sushi restaurant and measured the fresh, raw, salmon and tuna. I repeated a few times in front of witnesses. The salmon measured consistently about 32 CPM, and the tuna about 60 CPM. I went back about 2 weeks later and repeated the experiment with fresh batches of salmon and tuna. I got the same results. This was a year-and-a-half ago. Has anyone tried this at a sushi restaurant that serves fish from Japan?


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    • What is background CPM in that area at time of test?

      Most of the radiation that you could measure would be blocked by the water in the fish. So any obvious reading would be of big concern. Take the fish, cook until all water is gone…powderize, now test…..and yeah, wearing a mask would make alot of sense.


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  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    hi Alec,
    I've not tried sushi since 311.
    It is true that Japanese fish for sushi is exported to the US and UK too. Freelance guys who like freedom and travelling acts as a middle person and delivers it as a courier.
    I don't know if I ever will be able to eat sushi until such time I found a source of prestine clean fish. Such fish farm exists but I don't know if they are willing to extend their range. Will have to see.


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