Food, water now radioactive in Japan; sales halted while governments play the radiation doublespeak game
March 20, 2011
As the situation in Fukushima continues to deteriorate, radiation levels keep rising. Now the food and water near (and inside) Tokyo is becoming irradiated. Reuters reports that the water in Tokyo is now contaminated with radioactive iodine (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011…).
AP is also reporting that both spinach and milk from Fukushima is radioactive, and a few officials are slowly admitting that the level of radioactivity is “beyond safe levels” for human consumption.
The IAEA is also confirming now that Japan has halted the sale of food products from the Fukushima area (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011…), although official seem to be saying that the food will be safe to eat if you just “wait a little while” for the radiation levels to fall. Sounds scrumptious.
The radiation game
What we’re seeing now with the food reports, the radioactive water and even news from the Fukushima nuclear plant itself isa desperate attempt to downplay the dangers from radiation.
The Japanese government, for starters, has maintained a complete blackout on reporting accurate radiation levels from Fukushima. Those levels are obviously too high for the public to see, and that alone should be worrisome. (http://www.naturalnews.com/031758_F…)
As radiation recently started falling on California, U.S. authorities practically stampeded over each other to see who could say “No danger!” the quickest.
It’s a line straight out of the Mad Max films: “What’s a little fallout, eh?”
Now in Japan, they’ve been playing the radiation game with their descriptions of danger there, too. At first, when the early radiation became detectable, it was described as the same amount as “a chest X-ray.” Don’t worry! It’s just like going to the doctor’s office.
Now, in a charming quote published this morning, chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano is upping the ante from chest X-rays to CT scans, saying:
“Even though you continue to consume these [foods] for a year, a total radiation level that will be taken inside the body will be comparable to one run of CT scan.”
What he’s not saying, of course, is thata CT scan can deliver from 100 – 600 times the radiation of a chest X-ray. And CT scans actually cause 29,000 cancers a year(http://www.naturalnews.com/028621_C…).
To now say that Japan’s radioactive food is “as safe as a CT scan” isn’t exactly comforting.
I can’t wait to see what they’re going to compare the radiation to next. “Don’t worry, eating this food is as safe as getting twenty mammograms!”
Or better yet, when the radiation levels get really high, they might say, “It’s as safe as a radiation treatment for cancer!” You know, the kind that makes your hair fall out and leaves burn marks across your skull.