Thursday, March 24, 2011

Japan: Greenpeace responds to the levels of radioactivity in food and water

"The alarming increase in reports of radioactive contamination in the food chain in Japan and water reserves demonstrate once again that the government's statements minimizing the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the risks to public health are , at best, unreliable, "said Dr. Rianne Teule, member of the Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace International.

"A few days ago, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said that radiation levels had fallen in the city, and yet today warned that babies should not drink tap water in Tokyo. Maybe the authorities are trying to keep his courage in the crisis and not panic, "but it puts at risk the health of the population?"

"The disaster of Fukushima shows that it is impossible to guarantee the safety of the population to a nuclear accident," said Teule. "During the past two weeks, we detected inconsistencies and information very unclear from the Japanese authorities, and conflicting advice from international nuclear regulators."

"Any attempt to support the nuclear industry based on climate change is a danger misleading in light of the crisis in Fukushima. The only intelligent response to this nuclear wake-up call would be for governments worldwide to invest in efficient energy sources and to redouble their efforts to adopt safe energy sources and renewables. "


Tests conducted by the Tokyo metropolitan government found 210 becquerels of iodine-131 for 1 liter of tap water in the city, more than twice the limit of 100 becquerels that are safe for babies. Clicking here to read the

The Japanese authorities began reporting on contamination levels found in 11 different vegetables. In many vegetables, like broccoli and cabbage (Fukushima Prefecture, the most polluted area) levels of radioactivity exceeded the safety limits set by the Ministry of Food and Security.

Source Greenpeace Argentina

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