Friday, January 4, 2013

A Friend Who Would Eat Sushi

A dear friend announced last night that she would eat sushi tonight. 

I told her, please do not eat sushi. So much of the seaweed on the market is from Japan and Thailand. Japan has no centralized testing for its food products. There is no evidence that the US has increased testing of Japanese imports; in fact, the opposite may be true (standards may have been loosened).

Fukushima poses an immediate and deadly threat to flora and fauna in the Pacific Ocean.

See map of Fukushima radiation contamination at Woods Hole oceanographic institute

In May 2011, Harvey Wasserman reported that Fukushima could be an unmitigated disaster for the oceans: Is Fukushima Now Ten Chernobyls Into the Sea? Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:31 PM

On May 26, 2011 Greenpeace criticized Japan’s inadequate radiation monitoring of “serious marine contamination”
IN July 2011: China Detects Radiation In Ocean at 10 to 300 Times Normal Levels From Fukushima Nuclear Accident Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 03:23 PM

Tuna - a fish found often as sashimi - has also been found to be contaminated as far away as San Diego.

CNN: All 15 bluefin tuna samples off California had Fukushima radiation… back in AUGUST 2011 — “This year’s fish are going to be really interesting” says Stanford scientist
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My friend has recently been diagnosed with asthma as her allergies have worsened considerably over the last year. I suspect that her allergies have worsened because she has been living in Nevada and Colorado, areas the US Geological Survey found to have higher level wet deposition from Fukushma.

Measurement of Radioactive Fallout from the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Incident

I've written extensively on Fukushima contamination of the ocean. I am bewildered by my friend's insistence on eating something that is very likely to be highly contaminated and I'm hurt by her lack of faith in my scholarship.

Oct 03, 2012
According to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, levels of radioactive cesium reached more than 100,000 becquerels per cubic meter in early April of 2011.[i] The World Nuclear Association suggests that ...
Oct 26, 2012
Consensus holds that Fukushima constitutes the greatest radiological release into the ocean ever to occur. According to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, levels of radioactive cesium reached more .
Apr 04, 2012
"In some places, the researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) discovered cesium radiation hundreds to thousands of times higher than would be expected naturally, with ocean eddies and larger ...


  1. I live in Utah and I have small children. Ever since the disaster, I thought of moving my family somewhere a little "safer" than here. I have thought about moving to East coast or even moving to Central Asia or Australia. Moving to the east coast of USA is doable than the other to options.
    Anyone have any suggestions?

  2. Australia is downwind of Fukushima. Central Asia is where the Russians dump everything. Patagonia, I would say.

  3. I wish I could offer some guidance on where to safely relocate your family. I don't know unless you are wealthy enough to retire somewhere stable in South America.

    Arnie Gundersen said, "you can't run and you can't hide" because of the randomness of the dispersion of radionuclides and the randomness of our own vulnerabilities.

    I'm sorry. I wish I could protect my kids as well.

    1. Thank you for your reply. We're just average Utahns and not even closely well off for such relocation. Central Asia(Mongolia) is where I come from, so it is always a possibility for me. My reasoning is the lesser of the evil is better. :-) We live at such an interesting time; but again human lives were never guaranteed at any time of history. Best of the luck to you and your family and thank you for this blog.

  4. A black substance consisting of cyanobacteria and fungi is killing Hawaiian coral reefs:

    Not only do you have to worry about radiation in fish, but mycotoxins and cyanotoxins too, which can be deadly.


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