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Rice from 5 Fukushima farms shows high radiation levels

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Fukushima prefectural government officials said Friday night that rice from five locations in Onami town showed radioactive contamination above the government-set safety limit.

Onami is situated 57 kilometers northwest of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The findings will further worry nervous consumers, already fretting over the safety of domestic produce, despite its previous solid reputation.

According to NHK, authorities said that in one case, one kilogram of rice measured 1,270 becquerels, which is way over the government-set safety limit of 500 becquerels.

The entire rice crop of Onami was retested after high radioactive cesium was found at one farm on Nov 16. In that case, the level was 630 becquerels per kilogram.

After that finding, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura ordered Fukushima Gov Yuhei Sato to halt shipments of rice from Onami, affecting 154 farms that produced 192 tons of rice this year.

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What the f did they expect!! Cant believe they still allow farming there. Why dont they do what they usually do with chicken, pigs, or cows when discovered to have a disease?? Useless governments!! They are no better than those horrible govt in other parts of the world!!

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57km that's 37km outside the exclusion zone? It had been tested? Then re-tested after one farmer had independent tests conducted.( as I understand it) Now the scale of the problem is a little clearer. I shudder to think what else could use a "re-test".

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Have the government not been in touch with their European counterparts to get facts and figures from the Chenobyl disaster. That covered Europe not just the 20 kilometres round the Fukishima plant. There are still restrictions on farms all over Europe 25 year later.

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That's not so bad. Just a minor setback. Now, all they need to do is... raise the safety limits! TA-DAA! Making food "safe" to eat couldn't be easier!

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Maybe they should market ithe rice as "self-cooking."

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Minello7, you may want to read up on the Chernobyl disaster and discover what happened there and why it covered such a large area of Europe.

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No surprise here. The only thing really baffling is that they are still allowed to farm there, and that in all likelihood a lot of rice from the area has already made it to market (labelled simply as 'made in Japan' but not specified where).

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Coming to a bento near you...

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Apparently even now they are only taking rice samples from two farms per town area. A lot of this rice isn't being tested.

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With Tokyo's and the Tama regions acceptance of debris from Miyagi --for starters--, it won't only be rice that starts to show high levels of contamination. Once the system starts processing the contaminated aftermath....

http://www.kankyo.metro.tokyo.jp/en/attachement/waste_management.pdf

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The findings will further worry nervous consumers, already fretting over the safety of domestic produce, despite its previous solid reputation.

Oh really? I didn't need to get my geiger counters out at the end of March to realise this..they only just figured it out? WOW.

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despite its previous solid reputation

Of course. Impeccable reputation, just like Snow Brand, Meat Hope, Fuji-ya, Akafuku...

I don't understand why the posters above are confused about why farmers are still allowed to cultivate in obviously contaminated areas. The Farmers Union has had J-pols in their pockets for decades. Now it's time to start calling in a few favours. The safety of the general population, we've seen since March, is entirely immaterial. Like they say in Texas, you dance with the one that brung you.

This place is a feudal kharzi.

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fretting over the safety of domestic produce, despite its previous solid reputation.

Do they mean solid as in heavy-metals solid? Let's be honest here - Japanese foods are only now starting to be tested - a tiny fraction. By comparison before, almost nothing was. What has been in the produce all these years, pray tell ?

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The only surprise here is that the government and media is actually reporting it.

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They will continue to find heavily contaminated produce to the extent they look for it. That's why they are not looking very closely. They will only investigate when these cases leak through their conspiracy of silence. People were noting that 8% of Japan was contaminated by caesium. Look at the Asahi shinbun this morning. Every prefecture from Hokkaido to Okinawa has been contaminated.

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You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

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why in hells name did the govt allow plnting after 3/11, criminal beyond belief, and since there isnt any REAL testing taking place & no mesures to keep contaminted good in Fukushima this radiated crap is now being sold & eaten all over the country, out of control!

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There's deep concern and fear in people about food safety, especially coming out of Fukushima. There is food testing but probably just not enough and testing foodstuffs for radiation is slow and destructive. Hand held Geigers don't work when measuring food.

Some companies are working to make new measuring machines.

Then there's the problem of labeling. Foodstuffs need a label stating its production location. It should also indicate that it was tested for radiation.

There are places in Fukushima which are not contaminated as there are many places outside of Fukushima which are contaminated.

Previously, the Science Ministry had stated there are 13,000 sq km of contaminated land across 8 prefectures. According to new figures from the ministry, there are now 30,000 sq km or 8% of Japan's land mass, contaminated across 18 prefectures.

But Fukushima has some of the highest levels of contamination. I don't see the point and the waste of money, at this stage, of trying to decontaminate the land while the disaster at the atomic power plant continues. It's still releasing very high levels of radiation which will continue for years if not decades.

All farming east of Fukushima City should be suspended for 7-10 years and the farmers compensated for their loss. Deep ploughing every summer and potassium added might greatly reduce the level of contamination by the end of that period.

All people need to be able to totally trust the foodstuffs they buy and eat.

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According to NHK, authorities said that in one case, one kilogram of rice measured 1,270 becquerels, which is way over the government-set safety limit of 500 becquerels.

Cesium is always present from atomic power radiation has cesium-133 and cesium-137, so that means the level of radiation could be 2 times 1,270 becquerels.

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Everything within 50k of that plants either needs to be tested or the farming stopped. God knows where this food is ending up - I am willing to guess at restaurants. They don't have to advertise where their products are from and people won't think twice about it. Sick and disgusting.

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In other news: extensive research reveals that the Pope is Catholic.

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I guess the actual cost of a nuclear power plant is a tad bit higher than previously reported. Especially for farmers who live in the area and can no longer sell their produce.

Also, in the Hokuriku area (home of about 50% of Japan's nuclear arsenal), a mayor was asked what is the city's plan if the nearby nuclear power plant melted down like Fukushima's did and his measured response was, "I don't know."

I suspect rice from this area will show up next to the whale meat in school lunches across this great safety island country of ours. Possibly during the unique four seasons we enjoy.

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Wow....and all the way since the March 11 earthquake, TEPCO and the Japanese government declaring Radiation from the doomed Nuke Plant is within the safe limit. I guess it's time for Fukushima Gov. Sato to shipped all the rice to all the TEPCO management staffs , stiock holders and the government. Let them eat it.

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bajhista65,

TEPCO and the Japanese government declaring Radiation from the doomed Nuke Plant is within the safe limit.

They never said that?

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Fukushima children's urine test results

http://youtu.be/111W5h5HdV0

High radiation dose around the Unit 3 where robots remove debris.

http://youtu.be/OldNLfKPRUE

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I think rice is not the only thing that is contaminated in Fukushima. Im pretty sure that almost all of the food and dairy in Fukushima is also contaminated too. The drinking water in Fukushima is probably also contaminated also. Its just in due time before the government of Japan will admit to it.

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I noticed at Zichi's second link above that the newscaster mentioned the detection of spontaneous fission. Would such self-sustaining high temperatures, a la "The China Syndrome," allow radioactive material to eventually (if it hasn't already) penetrate the water table, further complicating decontamination efforts? For example: water table-> trees-> pollen-> more distant rice paddies and fruit orchards, et al... Not to mention wells; or wherever the water table might venture as far as, or emerge above ground. Or would the radioactive levels be deemed "safe" because of dilution? Yet the radiation level in the water table would become increasingly concentrated...

"China syndrome" Theoretical consequence of a core meltdown, when the heavy molten mass of highly radioactive material actually goes straight through the vessel in which it had been contained and down to the earth's core. In other words, China syndrome occurs when an out-of-control reactor burns its way downwards towards the earth's core. From the USA, it would appear to be heading for China.

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Since March ,the trend has been for the radioactivity to spread further and further away from the plant. The policy of the Japanese government is that radioactivity can be 'diluted' Containment is not applicable to low level waste which can be burned and the emissions can be spread into major conurbations.

Instead of the policy of safely transporting people away from dangerous areas the policy is to return them to the dangerous areas after 6 months.

Now is the time that we should be able to see the effect of this on newborns in Japan.

Already I have seen some reports of this but this is a comment for another thread.........

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Rice from 5 Fukushima farms shows high radiation levels

really? gee, I wonder why...

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first time i've seen all comments having a thumbs up....dont want to displease any folk...and just agree with everyone above..

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zichi Nov. 26, 2011 - 12:39PM JST

According to NHK, authorities said that in one case, one kilogram of rice measured 1,270 becquerels, which is way over the government-set safety limit of 500 becquerels.*

Cesium is always present from atomic power radiation has cesium-133 and cesium-137, so that means the level of radiation could be 2 times 1,270 becquerels.

A becquerel is one atom splitting and releasing radiation, which is then detected. It's just a count of radiation released, so it's likely to be the total of both cesium isotopes, unless J-Gov is presenting the results in an odd way. BTW, I think you mean cesium 134 - cesium 133 is the stable non-radioactive element.

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