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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Food irradiation, Fukushima-style

Radioactive fava beans have found their way from Japan to Taiwan. Iodine and cesium -- it could have come from only one source.

It's quite possible that the Japanese agriculture industry is about to take a major hit. The corporate and government instinct will probably be to downplay it, but that could really backfire.

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Now if we could just find a nice Cesium Chianti and some fresh iodized liver.

Good xkcd here -- if only the failing press was as informative as a cartoon, who does a better job putting some context around things than nearly any other story I've seen yet:


See also a useful discussion on the meaning of the various units of radiation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A2922671

1 Bq appears to be an extremely tiny amount.

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