START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
Apr 25, 2012

The Sami are an indigenous people living in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. They are reindeer herders, who manage hundreds of thousands of reindeer in the frigid North. 

Despite living approximately 1,100 miles from Chernobyl, their way of life and food that they relied on as their main source of nutrition was negatively affected by Cesium 137 contamination from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

After the accident, the authorities told the Sami people that they would not be able to sell or eat the meat of their reindeer "for at least 40 years". 

According to Wikipedia; "Reindeer have major cultural and economic significance for indigenous peoples of the North. The human-ecological systems in the North, like reindeer pastoralism, are sensitive to change, perhaps more than in virtually any other region of the globe, due in part to the variability of the Arctic climate and ecosystem and the characteristic ways of life of indigenous Arctic peoples.[57]

The 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster caused nuclear fallout in the sensitive Arctic ecosystems and poisoned fish, meat and berries. Lichens and mosses are two of the main forms of vegetation in the Arctic and are highly susceptible to airborne pollutants and heavy metals. Since many do not have roots, they can absorb nutrients, and toxic compounds, through their leaves. The lichens accumulated airborne radiation, and 73,000 reindeer had to be destroyed as "unfit" for human consumption in Sweden alone. The government promised Sami indemnification, which was not acted upon by government.

Radioactive wastes and spent nuclear fuel have been stored in the waters off the Kola Peninsula, including locations that are only "two kilometers" from places where Sami live. There are a minimum of five nuclear waste "dumps" where spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste are being deposited in the Kola Peninsula, often with little concern for the surrounding environment or Sami population." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people


The Swedish National Food Administration (SLV) converted the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI) recommendations into safe radiation limits for food. After the Chernobyl accident, the SLV set an initial trigger for unsafe radiation levels and destruction of the reindeer for any found to contain radiation above a 'safe' limit of 300 Bq per kilogram. 

This meant that wild game, fish, berries or any other food above this limit was considered unfit for human consumption.

In Sweden, this 'safe' level was gradually raised from 300 to 1,500 and then finally to 10,000 Bq per kilogram over the next few years.  Any reindeer now testing lower than 10,000 Bq/kg is now considered 'safe' to consume, sell or export. 

This raising of 'safe' radiation levels in wild meat also had the effect of lowering the percentage of animals testing unsafe for consumption from 80% in 1986, to less than 1% today. In 1986, some of the reindeer meat tested with radiation levels as high as 40,000 Bq/kg. 

Of course, this also reduced the amount of money that the government authorities had to pay to the Sami for these destroyed animals by a huge amount. Could this monetary incentive be part or possibly the only reason why radiation levels were raised from 300 to 10,000 Bq/kg? 

Another problem with this fast implementation is that it was discovered that the fallout from nuclear testing had been subjecting the Sami peoples to doses of radiation over 3,000 Bq/kg for many years, without the health or nuclear radiation protection authorities doing anything about it, much less notifying people about the dangers or risks. 

The Soviets were testing nuclear bombs in Novaya Zemlya during the 1950's and 60's, which produced radioactive Cesium levels in the reindeer at levels that reached 3,000 Bq/kg. 

So the Sami people had a problem understanding why all of a sudden, 300 Bq/kg of radiation was considered unsafe and their animals had to be destroyed. Many of them lost faith in radiation protection authorities and started ignoring them completely. http://www.utexas.edu/courses/sami/dieda/socio/chernobyl.htm 

In the UK, the trigger for contaminated animals such as sheep was 1000 Bq per kilogram, and in Germany, the trigger for animals such as deer and wild pig is still only 600 Bq per kilogram.

In Norway, right after the Chernobyl crisis in 1986,  the reindeer meat radiation limit was set at 600 Bq/kg. This was then raised one year later to 6,000 Bq/kg.  The authorities said it was still safe to eat even with this elevated radiation level, because this meat was considered a 'luxury' food item, not meant to be consumed daily.  

It is also interesting to note, that the 'safe' standards of radiation in food or drink vary by orders of magnitude, depending on which country one lives in or visits. There is no international standard for 'safe' levels of radiation in milk, meat or water, so a person could be exposed to 10,000 Bq/kg of radiation in food or drink, and that food or drink could still be considered 'safe'. 

See the following articles for more information;

UK Established Animal Radiation 'Controls' Due To Cesium Contamination; via A Green Road Blog


Radioactive Boars And Deer Unfit To Eat 950 Miles From Chernobyl; via A Green Road Blog


One of the responses to the Chernobyl nuclear accident was the loss of fish, berries and other wild game that was often harvested by people living areas such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, etc. The governments of these countries set up reimbursement programs  and compensated people for the loss of berries, fish, and wild game meat that was found to be radioactively contaminated. 

One type of reimbursement was to pay reindeer herders to feed their deer uncontaminated feed brought in from other areas, not affected by radiation. Many berry farmers and fishermen received monetary compensation due to the radioactive contamination of these foodstuffs. http://www.utexas.edu/courses/sami/dieda/socio/chernobyl.htm  

In Norway, some researchers developed a radiation binding pellet product that could be fed to the reindeer about six weeks before harvest, and they found that the radiation levels would be reduced as a result. These feed pellets contained Prussian blue pigment. 

The effect of these pellets was to bind the Cesium 137 coming in with the contaminated lichen, and prevent it from being absorbed into the meat. The bonded particles would end up being too large to be absorbed in the gut and would thus be excreted rather than being absorbed. Researchers found that by using this technique they could reduce the Cesium 137 load in meat by 50% or more. In milk cows, this product could reduce the Cesium 137 in milk by 80%. Hoke, Franklin. “Seizing Cesium.” Environment. June 1991, Vol. 33, Issue 5: 21. 


Scientific Research

"Within the most contaminated area the reindeer born in 1986 showed significantly more chromosome aberrations than those born both before and after 1986. This could suggest that the Chernobyl accident fallout created an effect particularly among calves, during the immediate post-accident period in the most exposed areas." 

Teachers Guide

A teachers guide is available from PBS, to help students understand more about radiation, these reindeer and how they were affected. 


Norway, Sweden, Russia Animal Radiation Contamination Explored; via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/norway-sweden-russia-reindeer-radiation.html


END
…………………………………………………………………………………

Share the blog post title and link above, (or the links below) by copying and pasting it into email, Facebook and Twitter. Or click on the share buttons below. Thanks for doing your part. Keep shining your light and sharing this information with friends, co-workers, politicians, doctors, professors, and other leaders! As the Dalai Lama says; “Never give up, never.” 

The following links can be saved on your computer and used to 'debate' even the experts. Just copy and paste the following links into the comments sections below articles online. These links will make you the ‘expert’
.…………………………………………………………………………………


LOW LEVEL NUCLEAR RADIATION IN FOOD AND WATER

Radiation dangers in food and water; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/radiation-contamination-standards-for.html

Radioactive Bananas? Peeling The Mystery; via A Green Road Blogm http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/radioactive-bananas-peeling-mystery.html 

Radiation Safety Standards for Food: Comparing Chernobyl vs Fukushima; via A Green Road Blog

Chernobyl Heart Movie; How Children Are Affected; via A Green Road Blog

How Cesium And Strontium 90 Kills Children (German w English CC) via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/german-how-cesium-and-strontium-90.html 

How Dangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html

Dr. Chris Busby; Consequences of Burning Radioactive Waste In Japan; via A Green Road Blog

Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Water Contamination; via A Green Road Blog

Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via A Green Road Blog   http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html 

Radium Girls & Radium Dials; Ottowa Illinois, Death City

Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road Blog

Fukushima Leaking Radioactive Water Plume Into Ocean; via A Green Road Blog

Hot Particles (Fuel Fleas) From Fukushima Continue To Circulate Globally; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/hot-particles-from-fukushima-continue.html


EFFECTS OF INTERNAL LOW LEVEL NUCLEAR RADIATION

Chernobyl Heart Movie; How Children Are Affected; via A Green Road Blog

How Cesium And Strontium 90 Kills Children (German w English CC) via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/german-how-cesium-and-strontium-90.html

Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via A Green Road Blog   http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html 

Radium Girls & Radium Dials; Ottowa Illinois, Death City

How Dangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html

Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Water Contamination; via A Green Road Blog

Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road Blog

Fukushima Leaking Radioactive Water Into Ocean Plume; via A Green Road Blog

Japan Plans To Evacuate 40 Million Citizens; Russia Shocked; via A Green Road

Radon Dangers; Hormesis Explored; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/radon-dangers-and-hormesis.html

ANIMALS AND RADIATION EFFECTS

Bird Radiation Studies; Chernobyl, TMI & Fukushima; Via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/bird-studies-and-chernobyl-tmi-and.html

Pets, Animals And Radioactive Contamination In Shelters Or Homes; via A Green Road Blog

Radium Girls & Radium Dials; Ottowa Illinois, Death City

Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road Blog

Fukushima Animals Affected By Low Level Radiation; via A Green Road Blog

UK Established Animal Radiation 'Controls' Due To Cesium Contamination; via A Green Road Blog
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/uk-established-animal-radiation.html 

Radioactive Boars And Deer Unfit To Eat 950 Miles From Chernobyl; via A Green Road Blog

Chernobyl; Animal Studies Show Radiation Is Still Harming Our Wild Companions; via A Green Road Blog

PBS; Radioactive  Wolves In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Movie Review


Fukushima: Hawaii & Arizona Dairy Milk Test Up To 800% Higher Than Safety Limits; via A Green Road Blog





Imported from external blog


Visibility: Everyone
Posted: Wednesday April 25, 2012, 3:11 am
Tags: [add/edit tags]

Group Discussions
Comments
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:

Author

Good H.
male , single, 1 child
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
GOOD'S SHARES
Dec
24
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\nNorthern California Beach Reading 500 CPM on 12/20/2013 - Fukushima Radiation Is Here. Via @ AGreenRoad. \r\nFro Rense; \"The above video was taken today with an Inspector Plus Geiger counter by \'Dave\', giving readings on a Northern California bea...
Nov
21
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\n\n\nAntimatter \n\ nAccording to wiki; \"A classic staple of science fiction and superhero stories, anti-matter  is matter composed of antiparticles, subatomic particles that have mostly exactly the same properties (mass, intrinsic angular mo...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\nBeginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world\'s largest bomb. In the Soviet Union, Andrei Sakharov was the architect of this bomb. \n\nAccording to the movie, Andre...
Nov
19
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\nAccording to NIRS; \"Marine life in all forms, from endangered manatees and sea turtles to essential microscopic organisms, is being harmed and killed by once-through cooling systems, used to remove waste heat at nuclear power stations. \n\nA typic...


SHARES FROM GOOD'S NETWORK
Mar
31
(1 comments  |  discussions )
\\nZEN was suspended by Eric with no warning. We don\\\'t know any reasons nor how long it will last....\\r\\nI asked about it on the forum but my post was immediately deleted. 2 threads and petitions about Zen also. And 2 her help-groups. :-(\\r\\nUntill to...
Feb
18
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\r\\nCOME TO: \\r\\nTucson\\\' s 32nd Annual Peace Fair and Music Festival2014 Theme: Climate JusticeThis FREE event is Arizona\\\'s largest gathering of Peace, Justice, and Environmental groups, with Live Music, Tables, Food, Entertainment, Children\\\'s ...
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\n\\r\\nHello my C2 Family, \\r\\nFirst let me say Thank You to those of you who have so sweetly fwd my posts. You are SO AWESOME!! I will never forget your help. Anytime I can repay the favour, please tell me. Second, my Submit button has disappeared lea...
Feb
16
(0 comments  |  discussions )
My little Valentine, Lily, loves taking pictures. She said \\\"Mom, let\\\'s do a Valentines photo shoot, so I can send the pics as cards to our friends\\\" lol.  I can\\\'t believe she\\\'s 5 yrs old! Looking back at my 1st album of her: \\\"Lilyanna Jane, ...
by Rock H.
(0 comments  |  discussions )
\\n \\r\\nIn recognition of the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, the Sierra  Club  is  pleased  to announce a week  long  vegan “volunteer  vacation”  in  Yosemite National Park, Calif...


MORE MEMBER BLOGS
Mar 31
Blog: How to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers by Kayleigh L.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nHow to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers \\r\\n \\r\\nCorlis Engine Review\\r\\nEvery user desires to prolong the life of a unit. TRIAD assists their clients in achieving this important objective by informing them of ways they can avoid problems... more
Feb 27
Blog: Dr Oz Weight Loss - The 100% Natural And Very Efficient Diet Pill by Debra S.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nYes, Dr. Oz called Garcinia Cambogia Extract (HCA) the Holy Grail of Weight Loss. He went on to say, “Anytime I see a scientist get this excited about something like Garcinia Cambogia Extract and when I looked through some of this research and... more
Blog: My Favorite Websites by krysta I.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — \\nIFAW: www.ifaw.org\\r\\nOCEANA www.oceana.org\\r\\nPETA: www.peta.org\\r\\nEARTH 911: www.earth911.org\\r\\nANI MALs ASIA: www.animalsasia.org\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n\\n more
Feb 21
Blog: testing one two three by Geoff M.
(0 comments  |  discussions ) — hello world more
Blog: Garcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20 by Dany M.
(0 comments  |  0 discussions ) — \\nGarcinia Cambogia Reviews From Actual People Garcinia Pure Extract Is A Huge Success February 20\\r\\nGarcinia Cambogia System The Dr. Oz Lose Weight Quick Process Without Having Side Effects\\r\\nHe went on to say, “At any time I see a researcher... more
 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.