Radioactive no more

By 15. January 2015Blog, Health, Risk Management

Nearly 4 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster most of the locally grown rice is fit again to eat.

Reported in the January 10th print edition of the New Scientist, “almost the entire year’s harvest” of rice grown in the Fukushima region measured less than 100 becquerels per kilogram, the maximum limit set by the government.

The rice harvest has been checked annually and the amount that is fit for consumption has been increasing yearly. A Japanese newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun reported that the local farmers have been trying various methods to reduce the radiation in the rice, one of which is the use of a different fertilizer to help stop the plant absorbing the radioactive cesium.

Click here to the read the news report on the Asahi Shimbun website.