Today in front of Whole Foods I saw young children eating store-bought food and wondered if the food was safe for them to eat. I'm not prone to alarmism, but there are some reputable people trying to alert us to the danger. The government's attitude is to encourage us to keep our heads buried in the sand, but ignorance at this time could be very unhealthy - for us and future generations. We are not powerless to find out the truth, and we are not powerless to do something about it if the danger is real.
Serious concerns are being raised about the effects of radioactive fallout from Fukushima on farm and garden soils. The west coast is apparently one of the places subject to this fallout. See this video by renowned Nobel price-winning author Helen Caldicott.
(I recommend not watching it until you feel able to hear some very dire predictions about the effects of Fukushima-generated radioactivity.)
Also see this .pdf file.
For political and economic reasons, it appears the government is showing little interest in real testing or is not publicizing the results. Their stance seems to be the nuclear industry's old familiar theme song: "No cause for alarm." My sense is that we have an urgent need to know the truth so we can act positively to meet our needs with some level of safety. We can start by doing our own testing to determine if further action is required to protect the food supply.
A local group of food growers - and eaters - can form a food safety co-op-network, buy the needed equipment (Geiger counter at least) and begin testing local food growing soils. Testing would be just the beginning if we find dangerously high levels of contamination. Then we can explore options such as soil remediation and growing in greenhouses (I gather most fallout comes down in rain and snow so the growing media may need to be protected from exposure at least during the rainy season).
What do you think of this proposal? Are you interested in being part of a cooperative network that will buy equipment and pay someone to do the testing?
"What we need is not the will to believe but the will to find out." -- Bertrand Russell