Sunday, June 03, 2012


Despite what NPR might tell you, tuna fish caught in the North Pacific is radioactive, and we should not be eating it.

From the linked article: The Fukushima nuclear accident released about as much cesium-137 as a thermonuclear weapon with the explosive force of 11 million tons of TNT. ...Radiation from Fukushima spread far and wide. Like American hydrogen bomb testing, the Fukushima nuclear accident deposited cesium-137 over 600,000 square-miles of the Pacific, as well as the Northern Hemisphere and Europe. With a half-life of 30 years, cesium-137 is taken up in the meat of the tuna as if it were potassium

I'm still trying to find out what other species of commonly-eaten seafood besides tuna may have been affected, if any.


Joe said...

Indeed, fish was the only cheap food left to provide essential omega 3 fatty acids of the needed type, and what natural fish is not being depleted by overpopulation is being poisoned I guess.

Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

These days I'm eating fresh rockfish, which gets shipped down from Canada. I really need to find out about salmon, because being deprived of it would be a hardship.