Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Food: Safe (And Water, Too)

Between still breathless scaremongering (aka "reporting") from Fukushima, Japan, you'd be excused for missing the small matter of food there actually proving safe to eat...

So, no nuclear apocalypse happend, or is happening, after all. For those who are too impatient (or to lazy) to read the source material(s) here's the relevant excerpt (although reading the whole article is very highly recommended, of course):
"According to the Japanese government, the levels detected in food samples thus far would have to be consumed for a lifetime to do harm: if someone drank milk containing radio-iodine at the levels seen in the affected samples for a year, the effect on the thyroid would be the same as a single CT scan. (That would be impossible in this case as all the radio-iodine from Fukushima will have decayed away within weeks.)
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Tapwater in northeastern Japan remains entirely safe: though today's instruments can detect extremely tiny amounts of radioisotopes, in most cases none at all could be found. A few detections of iodine-131 were made, but well within normal safe limits - such water could be drunk for a lifetime without ill effects."
So, luckily, we've had yet another case of much ado about nothing. Well, OK. It's hardly a "nothing". However, it is a great shame that even in the supposedly "scientific" 21st century we are allowing journalists only after enhancing their rags' circulation to scaremonger and thus harm the future of all of us.

I am positive that even Shakespeare, if he were around, would have be consternated...