Saturday, March 26, 2011

Japan nuclear woes could mean more China exports | Reuters

Japan nuclear woes could mean more China exports | Reuters

"The radiation in the east in Japan actually decreases the amount of land that they could use" for farming.
With the amount of farm land that goes fallow every year, this will not affect farming on a national level. It will certainly reduce the amount of land farmed in the impacted prefectures, but will not necessarily reduce the amount of agricultural products nationally. On the contrary, it could help farming in other prefectures by making their products more valuable.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Irradiated food: by leaking power plant or on purpose for sterilization

I live in Japan, many miles from the devistation caused by the recent earthquake and tital wave, and from the reactors at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Recently the Japanese government has taken steps to keep food that may have been contaminated by nuclear waste coming from the power plants. This includes a variety of vegies and milk from the area. This made me wonder, though, how, if this is bad, purposefully irradiated food is any less dangerous.

My conclusion is that it is different because purposefully irradiated food is exposed to radiation, but the radioactive material does not remain on the food. With nuclear matter that settles on the food or is consumed by a food producing animal, the radioactive material remains on or in the food, later to be eaten by the consumer. 

But I was wondering, then, if there are other effects on the food. It looks like there are. Even though radioactive material doesn't remain on the irradiated food, the food itself is changed in the process. Here are some materials that may be of interest. 

This is an article on health risks and the misleading of consumers

This is an article by the CDC on how irradiated food is safe

Monday, March 14, 2011

How to Espalier a Tree

I want to do this with the persimmon tree we transplanted yesterday.
How to Espalier a Tree

Taro potato

Harvested some taro potatoes yesterday. Great crop for this area, and grow with little attention.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Speaking Truth to Power

Great site on "navigating what current events are manifesting."
Speaking Truth to Power:

Heard about her on KMO's excellent podcast, C-Realm Podcast number 246, "Navigating the Coming Chaos."