A radioactive West Coast?

More fearmongering and debunking about Fukushima radiation

January 17, 2014

The question of whether radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is contaminating our food (not to mention our air, water, and soil) is naturally worrisome. It’s a genuine concern in Japan, of course. But should Americans be anxious?

Last September, the food writer Russ Parsons tried to put those contamination fears to rest, citing scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who monitor such things.

But stories declaring that the West Coast’s food supply is already toxic continue to circulate, including one declaring that all bluefin tuna caught off of California are radioactive and another suggesting foods to eat to protect yourself from radiation.

All this has prodded Parsons to revisit the topic with a new article. And the ocean blog Deep Sea News has also posted its own list of debunked Fukushima claims.

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1. by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM PST

The reality is we need testing over at least the next decade of the sea and of Pacific seafood to actually know. I see way too many food bloggers declaring this a non issue without really understanding the issue. Release estimates and projections for US coast sea contamination are based on initial releases from Fukushima. Fukushima continues to leak to the sea and air this entire time and still does today. One Chinese study based on just the initial releases estimates that the Pacific could go back up to levels seen at the height of atomic testing. But we know the total releases are even more over time than the Chinese study used. . There needs to be comprehensive testing of Pacific seafood and accurate labeling.

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