Opinion

A reason for grave concern

Karen Haviland - File
Karen Haviland
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I love food. In particular, I adore seafood. It doesn’t matter if it is prawns, scallops, crab or oysters, I could eat those delicacies all day long, every day of the year for the rest of my life.

Yeah, I know you’re probably thinking, “Who cares?” Fair enough. But if you embrace seafood even just a bit, you should care.

Have you ever heard of the Fukushima Daiichi site? I didn’t until my brother came to visit and started talking about it. Then he sent me a link on Facebook to read and what I read is horrifying. The Fukushima Daiichi site is a disabled nuclear power plant site in Japan.

It was first commissioned in 1971 and consists of six boiling water reactors making it one of the 15 largest nuclear power stations in the world.

On March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by a 9.0 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami. The damage was done; the catastrophe immobilized the reactor cooling systems and led to releases of radioactivity, and quickly led to a 30 km evacuation zone surrounding the plant.

I could give you a little more technical information regarding the following history of the site, but the inevitable happened – radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90, are flooding into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi site every day.

Subsequent reports came trickling in that polar bears and seals had suffered fur loss and open sores, which many claimed to be the result of radiation burns. Furthermore, there was an epidemic of dead, and starving, Sea Lions in California. Something is wrong with the water in the Pacific Ocean, and it’s not a simple virus.

According to http://themindunleashed.org/2013/08/at-very-least-your-days-of-eating.html. “Researchers from 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, with the highest levels at around 25 degrees north latitude and 150 degrees west longitude. Plankton, and the radiation they contain, move right up the food chain through fish, whales, seals, etc., and when larger fish eat smaller fish.”

What’s interesting, but perhaps even more so, frightening, is that there is little fanfare in the media regarding this colossal FUBAR of a disaster which will affect all of us to some degree sooner or later.

The renowned Australian physician and anti-nuclear advocate Dr. Helen Caldicott spoke to a crowd in 2012 about nuclear fallout and this is part of what she said:

“Plumes of radioactivity from Fukushima are migrating in the Pacific towards the U.S. West Coast.”

“[Chernobyl] is one of the most monstrous cover-ups in the history of medicine”

“Then we extrapolate to Japan. Japan is – by orders of magnitude – many times worse than Chernobyl.”

Many times worse than Chernobyl...

An article written in www.rt.com claims that the Fukushima radiation breach has reached eight times the government safety guidelines and has risen to eight millisieverts per year, far surpassing the government standard of one milliseviert per year.

I’m not an alarmist in any way, shape or form, but if predictions are correct, it’s quite possible that in the near future eating ANY fish or seafood from the Pacific Ocean could lead to drastic health concerns and, even worse, the Pacific Ocean itself could be dying due to the Fukushima disaster.

I encourage you to not take my word for it. Instead, I encourage you to do your own research and reach your own conclusions.

The more we are aware of the world around us, the better it will be for us as we cloak ourselves with truth and knowledge. Don’t believe what any one government tells you, or worse, doesn’t tell you. Instead, make an informed decision based on good research.

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