Orchards and farms throughout Fukushima Prefecture surrounding the stricken Daiichi nuclear power plant are currently undergoing what is being described as a "decontamination experiment."
Radiation experts say that radioactive material sticking to the bark of trees and the skin of fruit is easily absorbed into the crop. The Japanese Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) believes that by spraying the trees with high-powered hoses and stripping their bark, they can halve the amount of contaminant present.
Fuji TV reported that tests are currently being conducted at around 3,000 locations in Fukushima in an attempt to further improve the success rate. JA Union President Yuji Azuma said he hopes they will approach zero contamination and be ready to sell their produce from next year.© Japan Today