START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
574,932 people care about Real Food

Global Radiation Levels ‘No Longer Negligible’ In Milk, Water, Produce

Global Radiation Levels ‘No Longer Negligible’ In Milk, Water, Produce

A French research authority on radioactivity is now warning expectant European mothers and young children to avoid drinking milk or rainwater, while EPA data released on Sunday shows that at least three different milk samples — all from different parts of the US — have tested positive for radioactive Iodine-131 at levels that exceed the current maximum thresholds for safety.

The radiation risk from Fukushima is “no longer negligible,” says CRIIRAD, the French agency. Two weeks ago, the FDA began blocking imports of some Japanese milk and produce.

CRIIRAD told Europeans that eating these items qualifies as “risky behavior.” And yet, in practically the same sentence, the organization claims there is “absolutely no need” for anyone to take iodine tablet.

In the early stages of the Japanese nuclear disaster, articles suggesting those in other countries shoule take steps to protect themselves from  radiation were criticized as “alarmist.”

But now we see that, like during the Gulf oil spill, government’s initial claim that food and water supplies are completely safe were a bit lackadaisical.

Natural News reports that, “as far as the water supplies are concerned, it is important to note that the EPA is only testing for radioactive Iodine-131. There are no readings or data available for cesium, uranium, or plutonium — all of which are being continuously emitted from Fukushima, as far as we know — even though these elements are all much more deadly than Iodine-131.”

So it may still be some time until we learn the true extent of the contamination.

Check the Natural News listings to see if water in your neighborhood has tested positive for Iodine-131.

No matter what, it’s important to remember that there are no safe levels of radiation exposure.

“There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period,” said Jeff Patterson, DO, former President of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Exposure to radionuclides, such as Iodine-131 and Cesium-137, increases the incidence of cancer. For this reason, every effort must be taken to minimize the radionuclide content in food and water.”

Related Reading:

Feeding Japan In Crisis: World’s Largest Food Importer Will Need Help

Japanese Tap And Seawater Could Be Contaminated

5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Radiation

Source: Natural News

 

Read more: , , , , , , , ,

Image Credit: Flickr – mad_house_photography

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

94 comments

+ add your own
7:34PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

frightening isn't it

5:39PM PDT on May 15, 2011

scary

8:00PM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

scary

7:37PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

In addition, you make your reference to iodine after commenting on radiation levels in food. Idodine pills have nothing to do with protecting one from radiation in food.

Where are you even getting your data? Random blogs? A bar napkin?

7:36PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

@Beth-You write "And yet, in practically the same sentence, the organization claims there is "absolutely no need" for anyone to take iodine tablet."

Are you saying there is a reason people should be taking iodine? Because it's been well-documented that idodine is not necessary for the majority of the population, and might actually be harmful to the average Westerner.

The quality of your articles continues to deteriorate as you delve into subject you clearly no little about.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/healthcare/don-t-take-iodine-expert-groups-advise-20110318

http://yourdoctorsorders.com/2011/03/dont-take-iodine/

12:36PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

wow thanks for sharing!!!

5:14PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

very scary!!

3:04PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

thanks

3:03PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

thanks

6:52PM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

thanks for sharing

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Recent Comments from Causes

Thanks how depressing

Thank you Kelly and all the volunteers of the Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward! Thank you so much for…

It's already so difficult for the animals to live in us human's world, especially the stray cats and…

meet our writers

Beth Buczynski Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.