Been a long time since I’ve updated this blog… been busy with way too many things. Anyway, this is the latest info on bioremediation with sunflowers out of Fukushima. From the ex-skf blog:
So the sunflowers DID concentrate radioactive cesium in soil. It was not where the Japanese government wanted you to find.
According to one Iitate-mura villager, Mr. Itoh, who had his sunflowers tested, the radioactive cesium was IN THE ROOTS. He suspects that the government knew, and cherry-picked the data that seemingly supported the foregone conclusion that sunflowers do not work in decontaminating the soil.
Why? Because the government wants and needs to distribute big money to big businesses that closely work with the government in the “decontamination” bubble that they’ve created.
From his tweets on February 7, 2012:
ヒマワリの根 セシウム１３４ 39,500ｂｑ／ｋｇ セシウム１３７ 52,100ｂｑ／ｋｇ セシウム計 91,600ｂｑ／ｋｇ。ヒマワリの根の灰については、焼却温度が低く、体積が１／４程度にしか減らなかった、２，２００ｇの根を燃やし４６０ｇの灰が出た。
Sunflower roots: Cesium-134, 39,500 Bq/kg; cesium-137, 52,100 Bq/kg; total 91,600 Bq/kg. Since the roots were burned at low a temperature, the roots were reduced to only one-quarter in mass. 2,200 grams of the roots were burned, resulting in 460 grams of ashes.
More at the link:
91,600 Bq/Kg of Radioactive Cesium from Sunflowers in Iitate-mura, Fukushima | EX-SKF.
So far, this is the most comprehensive resource I have found on natural approaches to radionuclide detoxification. It covers acute radiation sickness as well as lower-level exposure and contamination and a wide range of treatments. This ebook is just loaded with information. Still reading it myself. So far the only thing I don’t agree with is the clorox bath – go with the epsom salt or baking soda versions instead.
This blog from Santa Monica, CA, covers radiation monitoring in the US, and how to find radiation-free food at the supermarket:
Eat Me – EnviroReporter.com.
Even though Denise Anne and I have radically adapted our diet to the new realities of radiation contamination, searching out pre-March 11 produced items, finding food grown south of the Equator, growing our own and knowing which foods currently on the grocery shelves were made with last summer’s harvest, most corn being an important example.
We still consume items that aren’t guaranteed to be fallout free. These items have to be tested.
Lucky for us we have an Inspector nuclear radiation monitor which I have used for nearly a dozen years in my role as an environmental investigative reporter. While it may not catch everything due to limitations beyond my control, it sure does catch a lot.
When we go shopping, we first aim to shop rad-smart and then test the items upon returning home. Sometimes, however, I will test items in stores to save me the problem of buying something I know could be impacted by Fukushima. Other times, I’ll test the groceries out in the car before driving off.