Dec 27

cow-stomachs

5 Surprising Things We Feed Cows (Mother Jones, Dec 19, 2013):

In addition to the old standbys of corn, soy, hay (and, uh, drugs), “there’s a lot of stuff which the general public might not think of as feeds which are actually quite common,” says Cory Parsons, a livestock nutrition expert at Oregon State University.

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Nov 05

Halt of crop farming in Fukushima forces manure to accumulate on cattle farms (Mainichi, Nov. 4, 2011):

FUKUSHIMA — Two months after a government ban on beef was lifted, cattle farmers here are growing increasingly desperate as nearby vegetable farmers have halted production due to the ongoing nuclear disaster, leaving nowhere to take the accumulating manure that was previously used as fertilizer.

“When vegetable farmers are pushed into a dead end, there’s a domino effect that puts us into dire straits, too,” says 51-year-old Kazunori Mizunoya, a cattle farmer raising some 600 cows in Nakajima, a village located 70 kilometers from the troubled nuclear power station.

Not only is the fertilizer shed overflowing with manure, the cows in the barn stand in their own excrement nearly 70 centimeters deep. They sometimes shake their massive bodies as if they’re trying to wiggle free.

Cows like to be clean, and suffer high stress levels and illness when kept in unhygienic conditions. Indeed, almost half the cows in Mizunoya’s barn are experiencing deteriorating health.

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Aug 21

4,000 Potentially Radioactive Cows Without Radioactive Rice Hay May Have Been Shipped from One Farm in Namie-Machi, Fukushima (EX-SKF, Aug 20, 2011):

Radioactive beef from Fukushima meat cows (then Miyagi, then Iwate, then…) was first in the news in early July. Then, the culprit was very quickly identified as radioactive rice hay that was stored outside when Fukushima I Nuke Plant started to spew out radioactive materials.

First they said the rice hay was fed to the cows because there was nothing else to feed due to supply disruption after the March 11 earthquake. Then it turned out that rice hay was integral part of fattening the meat cows before they were sold to the market.

Then the news broke on August 19 that some meat cows from Fukushima were highly radioactive even without radioactive rice hay.

And then it turns out that 4,000 such cows may have been shipped from one cattle farm in Namie-machi alone since the accident. The radiation level on the farm is high, as you can read in the Kahoku Shinpo article below.

Well, that instantly doubles the number of meat cows potentially contaminated with radioactive cesium. I say potentially, because most of the meat has been consumed already and there’s no way to test it.

From Kahoku Shinpo, local Fukushima paper (8/21/2011):

福島県浪江町の農場から出荷された肉牛4頭の肉から国の暫定基準値(1キログラム当たり500ベクレル) を超える放射性セシウムが検出された問題で、福島県は20日、同じ農場の牛5頭の肉も基準値を超えていたことを明らかにした。浪江町の農場からは、福島第 1原発事故後の3月15日~4月19日、汚染された9頭を含め計229頭が横浜市に出荷されていた。

Regarding the 4 meat cows from a cattle farm in Namie-machi in Fukushima Prefecture that exceeded the provisional safety limit for radioactive cesium (500 becquerels/kg), the Fukushima prefectural government disclosed on August 5 that the meat from 5 additional cows from the same farm contained radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional safety limit. From this farm in Namie-machi, total 229 cows including the 9 that were contaminated were shipped to Yokohama City between March 15 and April 19.

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Aug 20

#Radioactive Manure from Cows Bought from Fukushima (EX-SKF, August 19, 2011):

Shimane Prefecture, in Chugoku region, announced that a high level of radioactive cesium has been detected from manure from the cows purchased from Fukushima Prefecture in May and June.

They were not fed with radioactive rice hey.

Some people in Japan suspected from the beginning when the meat cows from Fukushima were found with radioactive cesium that it was not just from the feed but from air and water. They were dismissed by the government officials who insisted the problem was just the radioactive rice hay.

Both the national government and the Fukushima prefectural government encouraged the cattle farmers in the evacuation zones in Fukushima to sell their cows and pigs to cattle farmers outside Fukushima, and many farmers bought them. Now they are being raised all over Japan.

From Asahi Shinbun (5:00AM JST 8/20/2011):

島根県は19日、福島県内の牛を5~6月に購入した農家15戸のうち2戸の堆肥(たいひ)から放射性セシ ウムを検出、1戸は国の暫定基準値(1キロあたり400ベクレル)を超えていたと発表した。これらの牛と排泄(はいせつ)物について農林水産省は、福島県 への調査などを踏まえ、牛の移動と出荷を認める通知を島根県に出していた。

Shimane Prefecture announced on August 19 that radioactive cesium was detected at two cattle farms out of 15 that had purchased meat cows from Fukushima Prefecture in May and June. At one of the farms, the level exceeded the provisional safety limit (400 becquerels/kg). The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had issued a notice earlier to Shimane Prefecture that it was free to move and ship meat cows, based on the survey results from Fukushima Prefecture.

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Jul 29

Miyagi beef cattle shipments barred (Japan Times, July 28, 2011):

Iwate may face similar ban amid radiation spread

The government ordered a complete ban Thursday on all shipments of beef cattle from Miyagi Prefecture after detecting radioactive cesium above the government limit in some local cattle.

The government is also considering placing a similar ban on beef cattle from Iwate Prefecture, where five cattle from Ichinoseki and Fujisawa have already been found contaminated with radioactive cesium exceeding the limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.

That decision is expected to come next week, sources said.

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Jul 27

See also:

And Now: Government To Survey Half Of Japan For Soil Contamination


#Radioactive Rice Hay in Tochigi: 106,000 Becquerels/Kg Cesium (EX_SKF, July 25, 2011):

The Tochigi prefectural government announced the number on July 25. 106,000 becquerels/kg of cesium in the hay is the highest level so far found outside Fukushima Prefecture. If reconstituted, it would be 24,246 becquerels/kg. The safety limit for the cattle feed is 300 becquerels/kg.

The rice hay was collected in a dairy farm in Nasu Shiobara (more than 100 kilometers southwest of Fukushima I Nuke Plant) and sold to the cattle farm in the same City. Something doesn’t quite add up to the story of the both sides, though. According to Asahi Shinbun (7/24/2011):

The seller (dairy farmer):

He received the rice hay from a nearby rice farmer in exchange for the manure. He rolled the rice hay into 38 rolls and left them outside. The rice farmer had kept the rice hay in the rice fields after the harvest last fall.

He then sold the rolled rice hay to the cattle farmer via his acquaintance, by saying “it cannot be used as feed”. “I never imagined the hay would be fed to the cows.”

The buyer (cattle farmer):

“I was never told that the hay was rolled on March 20. If I had known, I wouldn’t have bought it.”

The middleman:

He got 16 rolls of rice hay from the dairy farmer on April 4 to sell them to the cattle farmer. The dairy farmer told him that the hay was probably radioactive, but the middleman, the dairy farmer’s acquaintance, answered that the cattle farmer would use it for composting.

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Jul 25

More info here:

This Is Outrageous: Japanese Government Killing Its Own People In Fukushima (Video)


From the article:

“Japan has no centralized system to check for radiation contamination of food, leaving local authorities and farmers conducting voluntary tests. Products including spinach, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tea, milk, plums and fish have been found contaminated with cesium and iodine as far as 360 kilometers from Dai-Ichi.

Hay contaminated with as much as 690,000 becquerels a kilogram, compared with a government safety standard of 300 becquerels, has been fed to cattle. “

Threat to Japanese Food Chain Multiplies as Cesium Contamination Spreads (Bloomberg, July 25, 2011):

Radiation fallout from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant poses a growing threat to Japan’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in beef on supermarket shelves were also detected in more vegetables and the ocean.

More than 2,600 cattle have been contaminated, Kyodo News reported July 23, after the Miyagi local government said 1,183 cattle at 58 farms were fed hay containing radioactive cesium before being shipped to meat markets.

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Jul 24

Over 2,600 Meat Cows Suspected of Being Fed with Radioactive Rice Hay (EX-SKF, July 23, 2011):

The number was 1,697 yesterday, and to that, 944 cows from Miyagi Prefecture alone were added overnight, bringing the total to at least 2,641.

Tokyo Shinbun, citing Kyodo News (7/23/2011):

宮城県は23日、原発事故後に集めた稲わらを肉牛に与えていた県内の農家から、新たに汚染の疑いがある944頭が東京、山形、宮城、神奈川、千葉、新潟の1都5県に出荷されたと発表した。県の出荷総数は計1183頭となった。

Miyagi Prefecture announced on July 23 that additional 944 meat cows from Miyagi Prefecture suspected of being fed with rice hay collected after the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident had been shipped to 6 prefectures – Tokyo, Yamagata, Miyagi, Kanagawa, Chiba and Niigata. The total number of potentially contaminated cows shipped from Miyagi is now 1,183.

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Jul 24

Update:

And Now Over 2,600 Meat Cows Suspected Of Being Fed With Radioactive Rice Hay!


Thus Spread Radiation All Over Japan – Through Contaminated Cows (EX-SKF, July 22, 2011):

I had expected the wide spread (other than the radioactive plume from Fukushima I Nuke Plant) of radioactive materials in Japan to occur via the radioactive debris in the Tohoku region as municipalities far away from Fukushima are asked to receive debris for burning and burying to help clean Tohoku after the earthquake/tsunami (and conveniently missing is a mention of nuke accident).

That can still happen, but it is the radioactive beef from the cows that ate radioactive rice hay that have brought radiation everywhere in Japan.

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Jul 24

Update:

And Now Over 2,600 Meat Cows Suspected Of Being Fed With Radioactive Rice Hay!


Another Premium Japanese Beef (Yonezawa Beef) Affected by On-Going Cesium Scare in Beef and Rice Hay (EX-SKF, July 22, 2011):

From NHK Kabun (science and culture division) Blog’s tweet on July 22:

国の目安を超える濃度の放射性セシウムを含んだ稲わらが肉牛に与えられていた問題で、山形県のブランド、米沢牛を認定している協議会が今月いっぱい競りを中止し牛の出荷を自粛するなど、福島県以外の肉牛の生産地でも出荷の自粛が相次いでいます

In response to the radioactive rice hay that’s been fed to the meat cows, the council that manages the Yonezawa-gyu (cow) brand in Yamagata Prefecture has decided to halt the auction for the remainder of this month and stop the shipment of cows voluntarily. This voluntary halt of shipment is spreading in the beef producing areas outside Fukushima Prefecture.

Matsusaka-gyu in Mie Prefecture has been detected with radioactive cesium, though well below the provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg, which by the way allows for the radiation from radioactive cesium up to 5 millisieverts per year.

Last to be affected by this radioactive beef/hay scandal: Kobe-gyu anyone?

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Jul 23

Radioactive Cesium from World-Famous Super Premium Matsusaka Beef (EX-SKF, July 21, 2011):

The Matsusaka cows ate the rice hay from Miyagi Prefecture that was contaminated with radioactive cesium far exceeding the provisional safety limit for the cattle feed (300 becquerels/kg).

Matsusaka beef is from cows grown exclusively in Matsusaka in Mie Prefecture, and it commands high premium for its marvelous taste and texture due to high fat content rivaling Kobe beef, or so I hear. I’ve never eaten any of the premium “wagyu” Japanese beef in my life because they are so expensive. Maybe now there’s a chance to get them at a reasonable price, if I don’t mind cesium.

From NHK Japanese (1:16PM JST 7/22/2011):

肉 牛の餌の稲わらから国の目安を超える放射性セシウムが相次いで検出されている問題で、新たに三重県の松阪 牛の飼育農家の稲わらからも国の目安のおよそ20倍に当たる放射性セシウムが検出されました。すでに出荷された牛のうち、11頭分の肉からは国の暫定基準 値を超える放射性セシウムは検出されていないということで、三重県は、ほかの牛の肉の流通経路などを調べています。

Radioactive cesium 20 times the safety limit for the feed [300 becquerels/kg] has been detected from the rice hay at a cattle farm that raises Matsusaka-ushi (cow) in Mie Prefecture. Of all the cows that have already been shipped, 11 of them did not have radioactive cesium that exceeded the provisional safety limit for the meat [500 becquerels/kg]. Mie Prefecture is tracing the shipment of the rest of the cows.

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Jul 21

1,458 Meat Cows Possibly Contaminated from Radioactive Rice Hay Have Already Been Sold (EX-SKF, July 20, 2011):

Now the case of radioactive rice hay and radioactive beef has blown wide open. First it was only a couple, then a few hundreds, then many hundreds, now it is way over thousand and counting.

It looks more and more like the Minamata mercury poisoning, except this time, it’s nationwide.

Yomiuri Shinbun (1:33AM JST 7/21/2011):

高濃度の放射性セシウムに汚染された稲わらが肉牛に与えられていた問題で、岩手、秋田、新潟、群馬、静岡、岐阜の6県は20日、各県内の畜産農家が汚染の疑いのある稲わらを肉牛に与え、637頭を出荷していたと発表した。

6 prefectures announced on July 20 that the cattle farmers in their prefectures had shipped the total of 637 meat cows fed with the rice hay suspected of containing radioactive cesium in high concentration. The prefectures are: Iwate, Akita, Niigata, Gunma, Shizuoka, and Gifu.

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Jul 21

If this much radiation is still pouring down in Canada …

Canada: Dangerous Levels Of Radiation – Highly Radioactive Rain in Lake Louise, BC (1.66 mcSv/hr) (07/18/2011)

… then guess how bad the situation must be in Japan.


240 Children in 3 Nursery Schools in Yamagata Prefecture Ate Cesium Beef (EX-SKF, July 19, 2011):

This must be the first confirmed case of small children having been fed with the beef contaminated with radioactive cesium.

These small children ate beef from a meat cow in Asakawa-machi in Fukushima Prefecture, and the cow had been fed with the rice hay that contained the maximum 97,000 becuerels/kg of radioactive cesium.

Yamagata Shinbun (7/20/2011) reports:

高濃度の放射性セシウムが検出された稲わらを食べた福島県浅川町産の牛肉が県内で流通していた問題で、酒田市は19日、市内3保育園が4月下旬に問題の牛肉を納入、園児と職員合わせて約290人が給食で食べていたと発表した。

Concerning the beef from the cows from Asakawa-machi in Fukushima Prefecture that were fed with the rice hay that contained the high level of radioactive cesium, Sakata City (in Yamagata Prefecture) announced on July 19 that 3 nursery schools in the city purchased the beef in late April, and total 290 children and teachers ate the meat in school lunches.

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Jul 21

See also:

Miyagi Man Who Sold Radioactive Straw Blames Government For Scandal, Says He Never Imagined Straw To Be Contaminated Because His City Is 150 Km Away From Fukushima Nuke Plant


Japan Won’t Rule Out Possibility Radioactive Fukushima Beef Was Exported (Bloomberg, July 20, 2011):

Japan’s government said it can’t rule out the possibility beef contaminated with radioactive material has been exported, as consumers and lawmakers accused authorities of negligence on food safety.

The government yesterday imposed a ban on beef shipments from areas near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after finding 637 cattle were fed hay containing radioactive cesium. Supermarkets including Japan’s biggest, Aeon Co., said the beef was sold in Tokyo and other cities.

“We cannot completely rule out the possibility” contaminated beef was also sold abroad, Yuichi Imasaki, the deputy director of the farm ministry’s meat and egg division said by phone today. “The chances are very low” because most countries have tightened rules on Japanese beef imports or banned them, he said.

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Jul 20

Miyagi man who sold contaminated straw blames gov’t for scandal (Mainichi Daily News, July 19, 2011):

OSAKI, Miyagi — A man in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, who sold straw contaminated with high levels of radioactive cesium told the Mainichi on July 18 that he had never imagined that his straw was contaminated because the city is about 150 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

“The wind was in a different direction immediately after the hydrogen explosions, so I never thought it was contaminated. I really feel sorry,” the man said.

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Jul 20

Japan bans Fukushima beef shipments over radiation (AFP, July 19, 2011):

Japan on Tuesday suspended cattle shipments from Fukushima prefecture on fears of radiation-tainted beef in the country’s meat distribution chain, four months after a nuclear accident in the region.

Tokyo told Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato to “halt shipments of all cattle in Fukushima to meat-packing factories,” until the safety of the meat can be confirmed, chief government spokesman Yukio Edano told reporters.

Around 650 beef cattle, including more than 500 from Fukushima alone, are thought to have been contaminated with radioactive caesium from hay they were fed before being sent to meat processing facilities across Japan since late March.

Beef from the cattle was shipped to most of Japan’s 47 prefectures and some of the meat is thought to have already been consumed.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday apologised before parliament for the issue. “I feel the responsibility for not being able to prevent this from happening and I am very sorry,” he said.

Hay stored outside is thought to have been contaminated by radioactive materials spewed by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the weeks after it was hit by reactor meltdowns following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

In the latest food scare associated with the disaster, cows from farms outside the 20-kilometre (12-mile) Fukushima nuclear no-go zone were found to have eaten contaminated hay, raising fears that fallout reached a wider area than thought.

On Monday, Fukushima officials said they detected up to 157,000 becquerels of radioactive caesium per kilogram in straw used at some farms — about 520 times the government-designated limit.

The government has sought to reassure the public that there is no immediate health threat from eating standard quantities of the beef.

The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant happened after the March disasters crippled cooling systems, sparking reactor meltdowns and the release of radiation into the air, sea and soil.

Tens of thousands remain evacuated from homes, businesses and farms inside the no-go area, and embattled plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. faces massive compensation costs.

Japan has not set up a centralised system to check vegetables and meat for radiation, relying instead on testing carried out by local authorities.

Agriculture minister Michihiko Kano said Tuesday that his ministry would carry out checks across the country on rice straw for beef cattle.

Edano said affected farmers would be compensated for losses as a result of the ban. “We will take every possible measure to ensure appropriate compensation for cattle farmers,” Edano said.

Revelations that contaminated food has reached markets have again raised food safety fears after radioactive materials were found in a range of goods including green vegetables, tea, milk and fish.

In the aftermath of the crisis at the Fukushima plant, the government restricted shipments of milk, spinach and other vegetables before lifting them, saying radiation was below safety levels.

Tea grown south of Tokyo was found to also be well over the government limit for contamination.

Workers are still battling to stabilise the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant four months after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast coast, leaving 20,000 dead or missing.

Kan’s government and TEPCO on Tuesday said the plant’s reactors were now being “stably” cooled and efforts to achieve a safe cold shutdown by January at the latest were on track, in an update on efforts to resolve the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

The nation was braced for heavy rain and fierce wind as strong typhoon Ma-On churned towards the country on Tuesday, prompting workers at the crippled plant to take safety measures.

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Jul 19

Related info:

AND NOW … Goverment Officials Admit Responsibility For Colossal Blunder’ On Radioactive Cattle Feed – Government Allowed Cows Emitting Up To 100,000 CPM Of Radioactivity, This Amount Would Require Humans To Undergo Full-Body Decontamination

SHOCK As Radioactive Straw Has Been Produced 75 Km From Fukushima!


#Radioactive Beef Exceeding Safety Limit Sold in 18 Prefectures (EX-SKF, July 18, 2011):

Of 648 meat cows (as of July 18, and counting) that were fed the radioactive rice hay, some are found to contain radioactive cesium far exceeding the provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg.

Yomiuri Shinbun (7/19/2011) reports:

高濃度の放射性セシウムに汚染された稲わらを食べた疑いのある牛が出荷された問題で、少なくとも18都府県で流通していた食肉から、国の暫定規制値(1キロ・グラムあたり500ベクレル)を超えるセシウムが検出されていたことが19日、読売新聞の集計で分かった。

Yomiuri Shinbun’s survey has revealed that radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional safety limit (500 becquerels/kg) has been detected from the beef sold in 18 Prefectures. The beef came from the meat cows suspected of having been fed with the rice hay contaminated with high level of radioactive cesium.

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Jul 18

The government got caught and now they present you another lie:

“This is nothing less than a colossal blunder by our ministry. It was beyond our expectations that straw would become a source of radioactive contamination,”

Nobody is that stupid. The government and TEPCO are deliberately covering everything up and lie whenever they open their mouth.

And I could give you probably a hundred links by now that prove that the government lied to the Japanese people all of the time.

See also:

129 Kg Of Radioactive Shiitake Mushrooms (1,770 Becquerels/Kg Cesium) GROWN INDOORS in Date City, Fukushima Went To Wholesale Market In Tokyo

SHOCK As Radioactive Straw Has Been Produced 75 Km From Fukushima!

TEPCO and the government knew from the beginning of the disaster what is really going on.

Radiation Being Spread ‘Almost Willfully’ In Japan, The Country Is Getting Unhinged

Where Is the OUTRAGE? TEPCO Had A Fallout Projection Map On March 12 And Faxed It To The Government!

Prof. Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University On The UGLY TRUTH About The Nuclear Disasters Of Chernobyl And Fukushima (Video)

Here is how the government protects your health:

“The checks involved electronically measuring the amount of radioactive material on the surface of the animals’ bodies. Shipment is allowed if the detected radioactive emissions are below 100,000 counts per minute. The same amount of radioactive material on a human would require that person to undergo full-body decontamination.”

Wake up Japan!


‘Colossal blunder’ on radioactive cattle feed / Govt officials admit responsibility for foul-up that let tainted beef enter nation’s food supply (Yomiuri Shimbun, July 18, 2011):

Officials of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry have admitted they did not consider the possibility of cattle ingesting straw contaminated by radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

“This is nothing less than a colossal blunder by our ministry. It was beyond our expectations that straw would become a source of radioactive contamination,” a ministry official said.

A total of 143 beef cattle suspected of being contaminated with radioactive cesium after ingesting straw that was stored outdoors have been shipped from Fukushima Prefecture and distributed to wholesalers, retailers and consumers in various prefectures.

Livestock farmers and others in the meat industry have attacked the government for its failure to prevent the problem.

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Jul 16

Imagine my total absence of shock.

Radiation Being Spread ‘Almost Willfully’ In Japan, The Country Is Getting Unhinged

Soil Just Outside Tokyo Contains 52,547 Bq/Kg Of Radioactive Cesium (‘Sample Was From The Side Of The Street Where Children Walk Everyday’)

Burned NORMAL HOUSEHOLD TRASH In Kashiwa City In Chiba Prefecture: 70,800 Becquerels Per Kg Radioactive Cesium!!!!!

High Levels Of Radioactive Cesium In Ashes FROM REGULAR HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE At Tokyo Trash Burning Plant

Fukushima = Chernobyl x 18.51 – Fukushima Water 144 Times As Radioactive As Anticipated – Water Treatment System Halted

Another ‘Level 7′: 720,000 Terabecquerels of Radioactive Materials in 100,000 Tonnes of Contaminated Water at Fukushima

Prof. Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University On The UGLY TRUTH About The Nuclear Disasters Of Chernobyl And Fukushima (Video)

Fukushima: Three Million of Millions of Potential Lethal Doses (PDF)

Fukushima Now Equal To 50 Plus Chernobyls & 3,000 Billion Lethal Doses Of Radiation:

Three thousand billion (3,000,000,000,000) Lethal Doses of Radiation means there are 429 Lethal Doses chasing each and every one of us on the planet, to put it in a nutshell. This is up from about 70 Billion Lethal Doses March 23, 2011. It is getting worse everyday without any intervention by the US and the other nuclear powers.


Finding that radiation-tainted straw was produced far from nuclear plant causes shock (Mainichi, July 15, 2011):

Revelations that radiation-contaminated rice straw used as feed for beef cattle was produced far away from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant have sent shockwaves through the livestock farming community in Fukushima Prefecture.

Consumers have also been filled with a sense of growing distrust in the government over delays in responding to the problem of radiation-tainted beef.

Forty-two beef cows that ate rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium were found to have been shipped from a livestock farm in the Fukushima Prefecture town of Asakawa from April 8. The rice straw had been supplied by a farmer in Shirakawa, about 75 kilometers away from the tsunami-hit nuclear power station.

“It’s unbelievable that this (contamination) occurred in an area so far away from the nuclear plant,” said a 34-year-old man who has run a livestock farm in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, for nearly 10 years.

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Jul 16


YouTube Added: 14.07.2011

There are no safe levels of radiation:

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Jul 13

See also:

Radioactive Fukushima Beef Already Sold in 5 Prefectures!!!

Fukushima Beef Cattle Fed Radioactive Hay At 75,000 Becquerels Per Kg Cesium, Safety Limit Is 300 Becquerels Per Kg!!!

Fukushima Cow Meat Update: Hay At 75,000 Becquerels/Kg Radioactive Cesium!!!#

Burned NORMAL HOUSEHOLD TRASH In Kashiwa City In Chiba Prefecture: 70,800 Becquerels Per Kg Radioactive Cesium!!!!!

Radiation is good for you:

Not A Joke: Japan Government To Seek UNESCO Endorsement For Its Food To Promote Food Exports And To Restore Trust In The Safety Of Japanese Food

Friggin’ Unbelievable: Fukushima Radiation Health Risk Advisor Prof. Dr. Yamashita Of Nagasaki University On Fukushima And Radiation (MUST-SEE!!!)

And Now: Japanese Doctor Says ‘Radiation Is Good For You’, ‘Like An Angel’s Smile (Even At 50 Millisieverts/Year)’

Let the politicians (and their children) eat the radioactive food and move the government (and their families) to Fukushima City (60 km from the nuke plant) and the Japanese people will see their government change its policies in no time!!!


Radioactive meat circulating on Japanese market (CNN, July 13, 2011):

Tokyo (CNN) — A Japanese health official downplayed the dangers Tuesday after cesium contaminated meat from six Fukushima cows was delivered to Japanese markets and probably ingested.

Goshi Hosono, state minister in charge of consumer affairs and food-safety, said he hoped to head off any overreactions.

“If we were to eat the meat everyday, then it would probably be dangerous,” Hosono said at a news conference Tuesday. “But if it is consumed only in small portions, I don’t think it would have any long-lasting effects on the human body.”

The meat, delivered late last month, has made its way to consumers and most likely has been ingested, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Monday evening. This was preceded by another recent discovery of radiation in the meat of 11 cows delivered to Tokyo from the same farm.

The discovery was made when Tokyo’s office of health and welfare investigated six deliveries made at the end of June from a Fukushima farm. So far, radiation has been confirmed from three out of the six cows. In one case, radiation reached 3400 Becquerels, which is about seven times the limit set by the government.

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Jul 11

#Radioactive Beef from Fukushima: Already Been Sold in 5 Prefectures (EX-SKF. July 11, 2011):

Beef from 6 cows from the same cattle farmer in Minami Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture have already been sold in 5 prefectures, according to Mainichi Shinbun Japanese (12:13AM, 7/12/2011).

Unlike the 11 cows whose meat all tested cesium exceeding the provisional limit of 500 becquerels/kg, the meat from these 6 cows had never been tested and allowed to circulate in the market.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is in charge of testing live cattle, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is in charge of testing meat. They do not talk with each other.

The beef has been sold in: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Osaka, and Ehime.

 

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Jul 11

Cesium found in hay fed to cattle (NHK, July 11, 2011)

Radioactive cesium far exceeding the legal limit has been detected in hay that was fed to cattle at a farm in Fukushima Prefecture. The prefecture has been investigating why the cattle were contaminated with the radioactive substance.

On Sunday, officials took samples of feed and well water at the farm located in Minamisoma City within the planned evacuation zone.

They say 75,000 becquerels per kilogram of cesium has been detected in the feed. This far exceeds the government’s safety limit of 300 becquerels per kilogram.

The farmer says the cattle had been kept inside but were fed with hay left outdoors after the March nuclear accident.

Eleven cattle from the farm were sent to Tokyo to be slaughtered. The beef from the animals contained levels of cesium that were more than triple the legal limit. The prefecture has asked farmers in the city to suspend beef cattle shipments.

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Jul 11

Update on Fukushima Beef: It Was the Feed That Had 75,000 Becquerels/Kg Cesium (EX-SKF, July 11, 2011):

From NHK Japanese (7/11/2011):

福 島県南相馬市から出荷された肉牛から国の暫定基準値を超える放射性セシウムが検出された問題で、福島県が飼育農家から採取した餌のわらから、国の目安を 大幅に超える1キログラム当たりおよそ7万5000ベクレルの放射性セシウムが検出されたことが分かりました。わらは原発事故のあと、屋外にあったものと みられ、県が引き続き調査しています。

Regarding the case of radioactive cesium in excess of the national provisional safety limit in the beef from the meat cow shipped from Minami Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture, 75,000 becquerels/kilogram of radioactive cesium has been detected from the hay that the cattle farmer used to feed the cows. The farmer kept the hay outside after the Fukushima I Nuclear Plant accident. Fukushima Prefecture continues to investigate.

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Jul 10

#Radiation in Japan: How Cows and Pigs Evacuated from Fukushima (EX-SKF, July 9, 2011):

You wouldn’t need a so-called “conspiracy theory” when you have the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries who is eager to register the Japanese cuisine as “world intangible cultural heritage”.

Several readers asked whether the cows and pigs in Fukushima Prefecture had actually been evacuated or sold. Answer is yes, and it’s been happening since March, and more so after the end of April, thanks to this particular Ministry’s guidance.

First, cows:

From Asahi Shinbun (4/19/2011):

農林水産省は19日、政府が近く指定する予定の「計画的避難区域」内で飼育されている牛を区域外に移す方針を固めた。福島県が同区域内の牛を移したいとの意向を示しているため、県と協力して近く移送を始める考えだ。

On April 19, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries decided on the policy to evacuate the cows being raised inside the “planned evacuation zone” that the national government would soon designate [between 20 and 30 kilometers radius from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant]. As Fukushima Prefecture has expressed interest in evacuating the cows inside the proposed zone, the Ministry will start the evacuation in cooperation with the prefectural government.

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Jul 10

Update: 3200 Becquerels/Kg Cesiuim Detected from Beef from Minami-Soma City in Fukushima (EX-SKF, July 8, 2011):

These cattle were allowed to be sold, as long as they were scrubbed clean of radioactive materials on their skin, thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the same ministry that is pushing to have the Japanese cuisine recognized as UNESCO’s “world intangible cultural heritage”.

According to Asahi Shinbun (link below), the Tokyo Metropolitan government tested the remaining 10 meat cows from Minami-Soma City that were processed on July 8. The highest number was 3200 becquerels/kg of cesium, and even the lowest number was 1530 becquerels/kg, more than 3 times the government’s provisional safety limit for cesium in foods.

The one that was tested on July 8 had 2300 becquerels/kg radioactive cesium.

Asahi Shinbun (7/9/2011) also says:

芝 浦と場では、農水省の指示で、福島第一原発から20~30キロ圏内から出荷された牛でも、他地域の牛と同様、放射性物質についての特別な調査はしていな い。ただし、厚労省からの指示が今回をのぞいてこれまでに5回あり、その際に行った検査ではいずれも基準値を下回っていたという。

Following the instruction from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Metropolitan Shibaura Slaughterhouse doesn’t conduct radiation testing at all, whether the cattle come from the 20-30 kilometer radius from Fukushima I Nuke Plant or from other areas. However, there have been 5 instances where the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare instructed them to test for radiation, and in those instances the radioactive materials detected were less than the provisional limit.

Yomiuri Shinbun (7/9/2011) says something more disturbing:

福島県の調査では、4月下旬以後、同区域からは2924頭の肉用牛が出荷されたことが判明。

According to the investigation by Fukushima Prefecture, 2924 meat cows have been shipped from the same area since the end of April.

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Jul 09

Excess level of radioactive cesium found in meat of Fukushima cow+ (AP/Kyodo News, July 9, 2011):

TOKYO, July 9 (AP) – (Kyodo)—An excessive level of radioactive cesium has been found in the meat of one of 11 cows taken to a meat packing plant in Tokyo from Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, the Tokyo metropolitan government said Friday.

It is the first time an excessive level of radioactive cesium has been found in meat, according to the health ministry. The meat in question contained radioactive cesium, measuring 2,300 becquerels per kilogram, against the provisional ceiling of 500 becquerels, according to the local government.

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Jul 05


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Jun 17

Cows churn out “human breast milk” (Reuters, June 16, 2011):

BEIJING (Reuters) – Moo-ove over, Mum.

Chinese scientists have produced a herd of genetically modified cows that make milk that could substitute for human breast milk — a possible alternative to formula in a nation rocked by tainted milk powder scandals.

Researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology of the China Agricultural University introduced human genetic coding into the DNA of Holstein dairy cow embryos, then transferred the embryos into cow surrogates.

In 2003, after years of testing on mice, scientists managed to create the first cow that could produce milk with the same nutritional properties as human breast milk, but with a taste even stronger and sweeter.

“The genetically modified cow milk is 80 percent the same as human breast milk,” said Li Ning, a professor and the project’s director as well as lead researcher.

“Our modified cow milk contains several major properties of human milk, in particular proteins and antibodies which we believe are good for our health and able to improve our immune system.”

Over 300 cloned cattle now live on an experimental farm in suburban Beijing, with new calves delivered every week.

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May 30

Milk cows moved outside Fukushima evacuation zone (NHK, May 30, 2011):

Dairy farmers have begun moving cows out of a village in the evacuation zone for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

The move came after radiation levels in raw milk from Iitate Village and part of Kawamata Town cleared the government’s safety standards. A ban on the shipment of raw milk was lifted last Wednesday on the condition that these cows are kept outside the evacuation zone.

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