On March 11, 201, an earthquake and huge tsunami destroyed a nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan. It was the worst nuclear incident since Chernobyl, and far worse. Fukushima’s fallout was 20-30 times as high as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945.
It now appears that anywhere from 300 to 450 tons of contaminated water containing radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90 is flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site everyday. Not only that, it has been pouring into the Pacific all along.
The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant was careless in monitoring tanks storing dangerously radioactive water, the nuclear regulator said on Friday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. also failed to keep records of inspections of the tanks, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa said.
Time for a Consumer Boycott of Pacific Ocean Fish?
Perhaps Tokyo Electric is not the only organization acting carelessly. Our own FDA may be just as careless for its lack of inspections of fish coming from the Pacific contaminated by all this radiation over the last 2 years. It may be time for a consumer boycott.
Americans eat fish for health benefits. Much of the fish we eat comes from fisheries in the Pacific Ocean, much of it off the coasts of Alaska, Hawaii, and California. Yet the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology reported in early 2012 that they have detected radioactive cesium from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in plankton collected from all 10 points in the Pacific they checked.
Plankton contaminated by radiation from Fukishima moves right up the food chain when small fish eat plankton and larger fish eat smaller fish. Tissue samples taken from 15 bluefin caught five months after the meltdowns at Fukushima, all 15 contained reactor byproducts cesium-134 and cesium-137. These 15 fish were only exposed to radiation for a short time. But bluefin arriving in California now have been exposed to the Fukushima radiation for much longer maybe 2 years.
There are other warning signs. Contaminated Halibut have been found in waters off Canada, and Halibut do not migrate. Pacific herring in Canada have been found bleeding from eyeballs, faces, fins, and tails. Sockeye salmon are at historic lows off Alaska and Russia according to native fishermen. This is threatening the food supply natives have depended on for a thousand years. Polar bears, walrus, and seals in Alaska are suddenly experiencing fur loss and open sores.
What Level of Radiation is Safe in Pacific Ocean Seafood? Are Radiation Levels Diluted in the Ocean?
Self-described experts say that there is no problem with all this contaminated water flowing into the ocean because the say it becomes diluted. Yet, there is no safe level of radiation. Concentrated radiation may be diluted, but if it gets into the food chain and humans eat diluted quantities over time, it likely becomes a health risk. It builds in our tissue and organs.
Some scientists dispute the dilution theory. A Chinese study shows Fukushima nuclear pollution becomes more concentrated as it approaches U.S. West Coast. The plume crosses the ocean in a nearly straight line toward North America, and it appears to stay together with little dispersion. The half life of cesium-137 is so long that it produces more damage to humans. Fukushima radiation appears to be causing an epidemic of dead and starving Sea Lions in California.
There may be disagreements about whether Fukishima radiation is responsible for all of these phenomenon, but they certainly should raise red flags. Yet, the FDA has refused to test the dead seals for radiation and inspections of Pacific fish are spotty at best. Our food inspections have decreased as a result of on going budget cuts made worse by the sequester.
At a time when we know water contaminated by radiation is pouring into the Pacific in such large quantities (watch the video), common sense would indicate that the FDA should step up inspections, not cut them.
Should Consumers Eat Radioactive Fish from the Pacific Ocean?
We need to do two things. We need to stop buying Pacific fish—fresh or canned—until we are assured it is safe. When there is an economic price then huge politically connected grocery chains like Walmart, Kroger, and Safeway will have their lobbyists demand that the do-nothing Congress do something about it..
Secondly, we need to put pressure on the FDA to begin protecting us. It appears they are as reckless as Tokyo Power. This is serious.
Comment below if you are boycotting fish from the Pacific Ocean, and any links to Facebook boycott pages. Thanks.