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How Fukushima Produce Is Making Its Way Into International Stores

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It is being reported that tainted food from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gumma, and Chiba is making its way into local supermarkets in Taiwan due to the irresponsibility of mislabeling. What’s more, these food products were banned in Taiwan since March of 2011.

The first question is: Why are food products from the concerned Japanese prefectures surrounding Fukushima mislabelled?

The second question is: Why is Japan attempting to foist its unsafe and inferior radioactive foods on Taiwan?

Instead of humbly acquiescing to Taiwan’s wishes, Japan takes an aggressive approach even threatening WTO arbitration.

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration said the latest enforcement was in line with radiation safety management practices that other countries have put in place on Japanese food imports following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

It said it “is necessary to protect the safety of food consumption” for Taiwanese.

But Japan is protesting the move, with the government warning that it may escalate the matter to the World Trade Organization, potentially deepening the conflict between Taipei and Tokyo. [1]

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Japan Created Their Predicament by Building All of Their Nuclear Reactors on Their Island Coastlines

Rather than own the problem which successive Japanese governments are fully responsible for, they appear to be taking advantage of their neighbors. No one ever forced Japan to locate their entire nuclear power generation industry on the shoreline.

Even after 4 plus years beyond the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan has still failed to satisfactorily address the fallout from the meltdown(s) that occurred after the March 11, 2011 earthquake-generated tsunami.

Even more inexplicably, the Japanese government has voted to continue the operation of their nuclear power plants in spite of their vulnerability to both frequent earthquakes and potential tsunamis. Being located in one of the most seismically active earthquake zones in the Ring of Fire, such an ill-advised decision can only set up another nuclear catastrophe. Which begs the question:

“Does anyone in their right mind believe that nuclear power plants can ever be designed, engineered or constructed to withstand 9.0 earthquakes followed by 15 meter high tsunamis? [2]

The obvious answer is as follows:

“Japan should never have sited 55 nuclear reactors (plus 12 others) on its coastlines.”

Therefore, why are countries like Taiwan paying a serious price for Japan’s extraordinarily bad judgment and serious mistakes? They have known for centuries that they reside on one of the most earthquake-prone pieces of real estate in the entire world. To continue with the same nuclear energy model despite the obvious lessons of Fukushima seems to defy common sense.

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Conclusion

Japan made some extremely fateful decisions post World War II concerning the ways it would satisfy the nation’s energy needs. In light of their direct experience with atomic energy during WWII, it would seem that they would have opted for non-nuclear energy alternatives. Instead, they went full bore constructing nuclear power plants as quickly as they could convince the prefectures with the targeted coastlines.

Here they are now still dealing with the Fukushima meltdown(s) — a set of intractable nuclear challenges which may have no practical solutions. That means that those prefectures surrounding Fukushima may always have an environment suffering from a proliferation of radionuclides. What exactly are radionuclides?

A radionuclide or radioactive nuclide is a nuclide that is radioactive. Also referred to as a radioisotope or radioactive isotope, it is an isotope with an unstable nucleus, characterized by excess energy available to be imparted either to a newly created radiation particle within the nucleus or via internal conversion. During this process, the radionuclide is said to undergo radioactive decay, resulting in the emission of gamma ray(s) and/or subatomic particles such as alpha or beta particles.[1] These emissions constitute ionizing radiation. (Source: Wikipedia — Radionuclide)

Radionuclides, and especially the ionizing radiation which they emit, are certainly not something that anyone would want in their back yard, much less in their food. Nevertheless, Japan feels it can maintain the same policies that got them into this calamitous predicament. Hopefully, Taiwan will not relent to demands so unreasonable they strain credulity. After all, Japan needs to learn some critical lessons for their own benefit as well as for their trading partners.

 Natural Society



33 Comments on "How Fukushima Produce Is Making Its Way Into International Stores"

  1. Perk Earl on Sun, 31st May 2015 4:42 pm 

    Let’s see, what was it I was going on about the other day?

  2. BobInget on Sun, 31st May 2015 5:28 pm 

    Recipes?

  3. G on Sun, 31st May 2015 6:31 pm 

    https://youtu.be/ktvTqknDobU

  4. dolanbaker on Sun, 31st May 2015 6:33 pm 

    OK, it should have a longer shelflife so….

  5. Makati1 on Sun, 31st May 2015 7:00 pm 

    As if radioactivity is the only contaminant in our food today. Most food labels read like a periodic chart of the elements, or the shopping list of a mad chemist.

    Most, if not all, soil is contaminated and devoid of the nutrients needed for healthy bodies. all water is contaminated, and the air we breath is contaminated.

    To make matters worse, now many countries are forcing us to get vaccinated with a dozen or more contaminated vaccines before we are a year old. And you thought that genocide was only in 3rd world countries…lol.

  6. gozilla on Sun, 31st May 2015 7:25 pm 

    I am completely in favor of Nuclear power used in Japan

  7. godzilla on Sun, 31st May 2015 7:26 pm 

    I am completely in favor of Nuclear power used in Japan

  8. gdubya on Sun, 31st May 2015 7:37 pm 

    Mak – I agree that there are problems; but if the vaccines, are designed to be genocidal I’m just curious what the target is. So far the only country’s population that is not growing at a high rate is japan. Seems an odd choice. Of course perhaps the population control conspirasists could state that without their machevellian interference the earth would already be at 15 billion.

  9. marcus on Sun, 31st May 2015 8:50 pm 

    Let’s not forget who designed the plant – General Electric – Same as here in California – I am very much against this nightmare form or energy!!!

  10. The Truth on Sun, 31st May 2015 9:02 pm 

    There is no ‘safe’ dose of consumption where radionuclides are concerned, notably with children, even more so girls. Even the most basic understanding of what hot particles do once sat in bone or tissue clearly demonstrates that there is no safe dose, those who espouse to ‘know’, simply don’t, and need to equip themselves with the most basic and fundamental insights of science, for one, bioaccumulation.

    There is no ‘safe’ dose of consumption where radionuclides are concerned, notably with children, even more so girls. Even the most basic understanding of what hot particles do once sat in bone or tissue clearly demonstrates that there is no safe dose, those who espouse to ‘know’, simply don’t, and need to equip themselves with the most basic and fundamental insights of science, for one, bioaccumulation.

    A radioactive substance is not like an ordinary ‘poison’ that one can dilute to insignificant levels. The lowest dose of ionizing radiation is one nuclear track through one cell. You can’t have a fraction of a dose of that sort. The “small” amount of radiation, claimed to be “safe” by authorities, added to our increasingly fragile environment will cause serious harm to the health of human beings and other living organisms all over the world. Radioactive particles, especially Plutonium, Strontium, and Cesium are bioaccumulative, extremely persistent and highly toxic. They travel long distances and will contaminate all regions on earth. Particularly devastating would be the inevitable damage to the genetic pool which will lead to an increase in the number of seriously defective offsprings who will be born in future generations. The number of children and grandchildren with birth defects, leukemia, cancer, immune disorders, endocrine disruption and other illnesses due to these officially “safe” levels of radioactivity might seem “statistically insignificant” to some in comparison with other known health hazards, but this is not just another health hazard and it is not just an issue of scientific debate. This is an issue of plain human decency and moral responsibility to our children and grandchildren who deserve to inherit a reasonably habitable earth as their forefathers have enjoyed, so Taiwan and South Korea, is and has and will protect its children and has a right to do so.

  11. Brian Lee on Sun, 31st May 2015 9:17 pm 

    Well spoken The truth on the sun this article is the first I have come across on a site like yahoo. Strangely when I went back a half hour later yahoo pulled it! It wouldn’t even come up as a link in a search with the exact wording! Sound suspicious?

  12. Jean Crawford on Sun, 31st May 2015 10:07 pm 

    Yes, alright, let the Japanese in particular the Japanese government and their families feast upon these things.

  13. welch on Sun, 31st May 2015 10:42 pm 

    Enough with the Fuku-fearmongering already.

  14. Concerned on Sun, 31st May 2015 11:02 pm 

    @the Truth, Thank you–no “fear-mongering” here–just 100% accurate information that most people do not want to hear and the profiteering news media obediently will not report. Thank you, the Truth for your honest, informed and accurate comment. Walk-up people: we’re being poisoned by the nuclear death machines, all for corporate greed and political power. Nuclear = Death. Just say “no” to nuclear.

  15. SilentRunning on Sun, 31st May 2015 11:05 pm 

    TheTruth wrote:

    >Radioactive particles, especially Plutonium, Strontium, and Cesium are bioaccumulative, extremely persistent and highly toxic.

    Cesium does NOT bioaccumulate – rather it has a biological half life of around 70 days – it will gradually leave your system rather than stick around. This is similar to Potassium-40, a natural radioisotope found in almost all foods we eat. I myself ate a radioactive potato just the other day.

    Food stuffs from Japan should be passed through radiation detection equipment, and if they are too hot they should be rejected. This would be a wise precaution for fish caught around Japan as well.

  16. GregT on Sun, 31st May 2015 11:45 pm 

    Silent,

    We’ve been through this before. I cannot find one single source that says that caesium 137 does not bioaccumulate. Every single source that I have read says that it does. Where are you getting your information from?

  17. Corinne on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 12:50 am 

    First rule of journalism: cite your sources, especially if you want anyone to actually take you seriously and especially if you’re posting something online. Any hack can post anything online and claim it to be true without any repercussions or any sort of checks and balances in terms of “we have literally no idea who this person is or if this is actually true.”
    One more thing: Who is the author of this article? There is no name, nothing, to say who wrote this crap (and that’s what it is, crap) because whoever did write it obviously did not do ANY sort of research whatsoever. A paragraph in this article about radioactive nucleotides quotes Wikipedia, which only further strengthens my conviction that this article is full of misconceptions.
    My main problem is that the author of this article goes into ZERO discussion about how radiation is monitored in food. Basically, any food manufactured in Japan has to have a measurement of less than 100 beckerels/kg of radioactive cesium before it can be sold to the general public. That might sound like a lot, but when you compare it to the standards set by the U.S. (1200 beckerels/kg), it’s twelve times stricter than ours. And things like drinking water and baby food have even stricter standards, baby food having a limit of 70 beckerels/kg and water having a limit of 50 beckerels/kg.
    So now that we have a general idea of how Japan monitors radiation in food, the only question we should have remaining is who wrote this article and why didn’t he or she do the proper research, quote sources other than Wikipedia, and write his or her name on this so there would actually be a chance of confirming the truths presented here?

  18. Corinne on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 12:52 am 

    And I should say “alleged truths,” because unless any of this can actually be confirmed in some way, it’s nothing more than propaganda.

  19. john on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 1:38 am 

    If you click the link at the bottom of the article, the original article, with some sources and the author’s name are listed.

    That said, I’m skeptical of some of the information here, too. It’s worth mentioning that Japan has NOT restarted any of it’s nuclear reactors, and has just now approved the restart of the Sendai plant in Kyushu (far away from Fukushima) AFTER a series of safety upgrades.

    Also, if you think nuclear energy is a ‘nightmare form of energy (Marcus), we can always just stick to coal and oil!

    Anyway, I think there is reason to be concerned about the fallout from the Tohoku earthquake and it’s potential effects on food supply, but there isn’t enough information here to draw too many conclusions about the extent of that impact.

    I’d invite the critics of nuclear energy to give me a technical breakdown of the contaminants, ‘contamintated’ food, Japanese and Taiwanese standards on radioactive contamination, and maybe throw in some stuff about ocean currents. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be ready to draw some meaningful conclusions and report on them.

    This goes both ways, of course….critics of the article should also be able to more completely support their arguments.

  20. surf on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 2:11 am 

    “Does anyone in their right mind believe that nuclear power plants can ever be designed, engineered or constructed to withstand 9.0 earthquakes followed by 15 meter high tsunamis? [2]”

    7 miles south of fukushima Daiichi is Fukushima daini. Another power plant with 4 reactors. It was also hit by the same tsunami and earthquake, and cooling pumps were damaged. It is newer design and was able to safely shut down.

    North of the two fukushima facilities is the Nagawa nuclear power station. Even though it was closer to the epicenter of the earthquake, its larger seawall protected it from tsunami and was largly undamaged.

    That’s 13 reactors that were hit by the tsunami with only the 4 oldest reactors suffering permanent damage.

    So based on the evidence, Nuclear reactors can and have been designed to survive 9.0 earthquakes followed by 15 meter high tsunamis.

  21. Apneaman on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 2:45 am 

    surf, your forgetting sea level rise. Next time those seawalls might not be enough. They were designed for 20th century weather and sea level with no expectation of what we are seeing with SLR today. Glaciers, ice caps and sea ice are all melting way faster than was predicted even 10 years ago. It takes 30-60 years to decommission a plant, so if they start today they might make it assuming there are no tsunamis or even bigger than 20th century storm surges. I do not think that nuclear power plant south of Miami, Turkey Point, is going to make it. The same weak point that got taken out at Fuk (emergency diesel generators) almost happened in 1992 at Turkey Point and SLR is much higher today.

    “In 1992, Turkey Point was directly hit by Hurricane Andrew, destroying its main water tank, causing severe damage to the water treatment plant, and to a smokestack of one of the site’s fossil-fueled units. The smokestack had to be demolished and rebuilt. It also suffered a loss of offsite power, requiring the onsite emergency diesel generators to start.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_Point_Nuclear_Generating_Station#Incident_history

  22. Truth on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 3:19 am 

    Is all fear mongering for special interests, Ramsar Iran has higher radiation than Fukushima, and people have been living there in good health for centuries , also see how much radiation a commercial pilot gets, or measure the radiation for your fire detector, special lobbies want to sell you the more expensive so called ” green ‘ electricity, is a much higher price, but people will not ask question, so when that extra 50% they will end on that goes to their pocket in peoples mind will be” ooh ok we pay the extra for clean electricity , to not mention, nuclear waste is recyclable, also uranium the size of a coke can, will supply the electricity of one person for a life time.

  23. Truth on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 3:25 am 

    Chernobyl saved these creatures: now is safe heaven for endangered species, no mutants, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEmms6vn-p8

  24. Truth on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 3:27 am 

    the waste is recyclable , by the way the uranium comes out from the ground, there is uranium naturally in lots of places : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlMDDhQ9-pE

  25. penury on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 11:37 am 

    Well I guess according to Truth, we (non-believers) have been misled if we think radiation is harmful/ We need more Chernobyls to create safe havens for other animals. I suppose in a way Fukishima is safer than Hiroshima was.

  26. HARM on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 1:56 pm 

    “Truth” should move into one of the evacuated buildings right next to Reactor #2, live there a few months, eating local plants and drinking water from one of the local wells, and then report back in a few months showing us how “safe” it really is. Until then, he should just STFU.

  27. welch on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 6:46 pm 

    Harm,

    Truth is probably a lot closer to it than moist potung here. Very few people understand radiationt and the media has vastly exaggerated the dangers of radiation, nuclear disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl, as dwell as the natue and effects of radiation generally. Instead of being rude and telling someone to “STFU”, how about you spend a little time educating yourself in the subject? A good start would be to read “Radiation: What it is, what you need to know” by Gale/Lax. It is a very informative book by two of thge world’s foremost authorities, and cuts through the hype and BS.
    Book by Robert Peter Gale

  28. welch on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 6:47 pm 

    Sorry…closer to it than “most posting”. Damn tablet..

  29. GregT on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 6:53 pm 

    The problem is welch, most of the rest of the world’s foremost authorities don’t agree with Gale.
    ( and for the record, I have read a lot of his stuff)

  30. Makati1 on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 8:07 pm 

    gdubya, ask Bill Gates.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WQtRI7A064

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjj4Iq-rsNg

    “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent!” (About 1 Billion People!
    (Comment at the 2:42 spot on the video.)

    http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=A155D113455FAC882A3290536575C723

    WTF? REDUCE population by better healthcare? Can any of you explain that other than by vaccines and/or drugs with population limiting ingredients?

    The anti-vaccine articles are growing as more and more populations are being forced, under false pretenses and by law, to take vaccines and to give them to newborns. Bill gates is using his billions to move this along everywhere. The elite want you to die and your kids to be sterile. They only need a few hundred million eaters/slaves to take care of their needs. The rest of us are ‘collateral damage’. Or so it seems to me.

  31. SilentRunning on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 11:08 pm 

    GregT: Concerning Cs-137 – Google “Cesium 137 biological half-life” – you will discover a universe of sources that show that half of the Cesium in your system *leaves your body* in about 70 days.

    If a substance has a biological half life IT DOES NOT bio-accumulate.

    Bio-accumulation is elements like Strontium, that accumulate in bones as an analog of calcium.

  32. GregT on Mon, 1st Jun 2015 11:26 pm 

    My understanding Silent, is that it does not “bioaccumulate” per se in human beings, after a HALF LIFE of 70 days. It does however, bioaccumulate in the food chain, and it will bioaccumulate in the human body if the food source is contaminated, and that human keeps eating that same said food source. After 140 days half of the caesium leaves your body, after 280 days another half leaves and so on and so on. If your intake is more than what is being rejected, obviously the contamination increases over time.

  33. Kenz300 on Tue, 2nd Jun 2015 6:27 am 

    Japan needs to develop a plan to eliminate all their nuclear power plants and replace them with safer, cleaner and cheaper alternative energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal.

    What will the final cost be to clean up the mess at Fukishima and store the nuclear waste from there FOREVER?

    Nuclear energy is TOO COSTLY AND TOO DANGEROUS.

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