WSJ: Radioactive plague for locust eaters in Japan? — Results astonishing, says researcher

Published: January 13th, 2012 at 9:52 am ET


For Japan Locust Eaters, A Plague of Cesium?, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 13, 2012:

[… L]ocusts are a bounty for the insect eaters of rice-producing regions like Nagano, Chiba and the towns of the northeast hit hardest by the March 11 disasters.

But Hajime Fugo, the vice president of Tokyo University of Agriculture of Technology and a physiologist specializing in insects […] along with two students, in October went to Iitate, a village located over 30 kilometers away from the nuclear plant and where hot spots of high radiation have been discovered. […]

About 4,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium-134 and cesium-137 was detected in the grasshoppers, all 500 weighing a cumulative one kilogram. The levels far exceed Japan’s regulatory limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.

Mr. Fugo said the results were astonishing. […]

The Journal notes Fugo is “concerned the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident may swat the critter off the country’s bug-eating menu, [and] is conducting research designed to save the tasty tradition” and “worried the locust-eating tradition may fall into extinction should
connoisseurs shun the bug amid deepening anxiety among consumers”.

Keep that in mind when reading about how “the scientist thinks it is safe to eat the bugs because they are usually in snack-sized portions”.

Published: January 13th, 2012 at 9:52 am ET


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44 comments to WSJ: Radioactive plague for locust eaters in Japan? — Results astonishing, says researcher

  • or-well

    Profit opportunity!

    Locusts, raised in the most modern indoor facilities, built and funded by the Fukushima redevelopment fund, fed only the finest hydroponically-grown crops.

    TEPCO, purveyors of fine culinary delicacies to the high-end market since 2011.

  • Gotham

    Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions. Rev. 9:3

    • ItsJustMetal ItsJustMetal

      Very good!!!

    • ItsJustMetal ItsJustMetal

      When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace.

      • Gotham

        The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star (wormwood) that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace… Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions. Rev. 9:1-3

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          This is not the Biblical end, but it certainly looks like the “birth pangs” spoken of in the Bible are occurring.

          Revelation 8:8 – 11

          8The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.

          10The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. 11The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

          According to a blog post:

          Chernobyl is a Ukrainian name for mugwort which is a species of artemesia (known as common wormwood).

          Another person who answered stated Revelation 8:10 uses a different Ukranian word to describe this.

          Matthew 24:4-10

          4And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

          9“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11“Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will…

          • snowwy snowwy

            there are people like me who respect your belief but think that discussing the bible on here is a little inappropriate.

            I do not need to read a historic collection of stories, written down by people several 1000 years back in time to know that we have a situation that is globally touch and go.

            Sorry guys, to me religion is pure superstition, your are entitled to believe it but I am also entitled to not believe it at all. Please do not force me to claim that it is exactly the christian belief of conquering the earth and to create an organization who's only purpose is to control and oppress people for their own ends… Please feel free to inform yourself.

            In fact, if people of other religions assume I were their ally then think again, as I blame each and everz monotheistic belief system for the utter crap were are in right now….

            locust have been an actual threat for the crops in many countries of this planet and also synonymous for a number of less natural events, such as large armies of people invading…

            Please refrain from religious propaganda, this is a place for news and science as we are starved by our (religiously sponsored governments) of proper news on a catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude.

            thank you xx

            • NoNukes NoNukes


              I understand what you are saying, but I want to suggest thinking strategically about this…

              if somewhere around 92% percent of Americans believe in a divinity, then the absolutely best way to reach them about the evils of nuclear power may be exactly through that faith. The references to religion here may be the most convincing for a high percentage of the audience. Can we pick our battles, and make it nuclear and not religion right now? Apologies to all.


              • NoNukes NoNukes

                Oh, snowwy, we are back in Jan.! That is the second time I have gone back in time here today.

        • john lh john lh


          This is exactly what we are enjoy now.

          Please keep in mind: Chenobley =Melt-down, 1986,
          Fukushima, 2011

          The whole system is melt down,law and order, family and society,all of the system. lawllessness is increased,most people’s love will grow cold. Amen.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            2 Timothy 3:1-5, 7

            But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power …. always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

            It does ring true in today’s society, non? Lawless is increased ….

    • StillJill StillJill

      Revelation 9:5,…just two verses later friend,…the magic words,…”FIVE months”. That’s the season of the locust–5 months every year,….May through October.

      • ItsJustMetal ItsJustMetal

        Thanks for the “Five Months” explanation!!! I was wondering how that fit in. If it ended in october, why are they reporting on it now???

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Interesting world-view from the WSJ. I can imagine an editor thinking “stories about ordinary radioactive food are so routine, but a story about people eating radioactive bugs – now that’s real news.”

  • or-well

    Too bad for the natural creatures that eat the locusts without preparing them properly first.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    WSJ…trying on a little tabloid. Locust are an excellent source of nutrition…especially handy during times of famine.
    Now they are radioactive…darn.

  • radegan

    Chocolate ants from Japan, anyone?

  • jackassrig

    Plutoniun enriched ADVAIR. Inhale deeply soooo good for the lungs.

  • many moons

    Won’t be long before the news is about what isn’t radioactive.

  • There’s a few things thing I won’t miss eating !

  • Gotham


    The country is like a garden of Eden ahead of them
    and a desert waste behind them.
    Nothing escapes them.
    They look like horses,
    like chargers they gallop on…
    Like fighting men they press forward,
    like warriors they scale the walls,
    each marching straight ahead,
    and not turning from his path;…
    They hurl themselves at the city,
    they leap on to its walls,
    swarm up the houses,
    getting in through the windows
    like thieves.” Joel 2:3-9.

    This is all a description of the Day of Yahweh. So it describes an invasion of the pent up demonic forces that have been activated with the activation of the Apocalypse archetype. It’s one of the ways that the invasion by the collective unconscious can manifest itself. But this sort of imagery only applies in individuals where there is a vast disparity between consciousness and the accumulated energies of the unconscious. There has to be a disassociated state that builds up an intense polarization between those two, to get imagery of this sort. But for a civilization that has become thoroughly secularized, psychologically speaking, not religiously speaking, where we have lost all sense of connection to the transpersonal dimension of the psyche and of life, that state of the collective psyche then would be fertile ground for the eruption of this kind of imagery. Anyway it shows up in our apocalypse. Edinger, Archetype Of The Apocalypse, p. 90-91

  • I heard a rumor that they go down better with a little cesium dust sprinkled on them. (Just kidding of course)

    Every step of the way up the food chain, radiation gets concentrated by a factor of 2-10. How many steps of the food chain are you eating?

    Multiply the radiation you are exposed to, by the number of steps in the food chain.

    In high radiation areas, eating simple, vegan or vegetarian fare is best. Stay away from insects, mushrooms, berries and large leafy vegetables that have lots of surface area exposed. Peel the skin off of fruits that have a skin, before eating them.

    Eat some kind of immune boosting, positive flora food daily, like miso for example.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      GAPS diet is high in fermented foods, probiotic foods, and foods which can heal the gut lining. It is also high in dairy and meats, so one might want to consider a modified version …. Recently learned a healthy gut is critical to having a healthy immune system. Water kefirs and fermented foods help to nourish the gut. So does coconut oil, olive oil. Fermented cod liver oil is also good, but becoming increasingly difficult to find uncontaminated sources ….

  • arclight arclight

    Application of real time PCR for the quantitative detection of
    radiation-induced genomic DNA strand breaks

    “It is currently accepted that the biological effects of ionizing radiation are mainly a
    consequence of DNA damage. In an attempt to understand DNA damage associated
    with ionizing radiation, we examined strand break formation caused by irradiation of
    plasmid DNA in aqueous solution.”

  • the yeoman the yeoman

    Oh look more lemonade
    Thanks WSJ
    throw that bible away, captilism will saves us…no really it will

    Hell, I think it has a soundtrack

    All kidding aside


    !!! SHAME ON YOU WSJ !!!

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    When you are up to your waist in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your original objective was to drain the swamp.

    I suggest this is (yet another) story about serious ongoing radioactive food contamination – skilfully packaged by the WSJ so that it won’t be taken seriously.

    Where was I?… Oh, yeah, I remember now… SHUT DOWN ALL THE NUKES!

  • The levels far exceed Japan’s regulatory limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.

    Wouldn’t that ‘Legally’ justify evacuations in ‘any area’ that these creatures are found?

    • Actually, these crickets do NOT exceed the total radiation limit..

      Now how could that be, despite being WAY over the limit?

      Just mix in a few nuts, seeds and other stuff that is less than the limit, so as to bring the total radiation of all of it to below what the government says is ‘safe’; presto, magic, no more problems. Now you can sell all of the radioactive crickets you want.

      Chirp, chirp..

      Be Gay

      Be Merry

      For we but live for a moment

      chirp, chirp

      Swallow, gulp.

      Mmm, good cricket.

  • PattieB PattieB

    for the REAL half-life tables of your new food additives!

    The Wiki table is for consultation by the SHEEPLE ONLY!