posted on Feb, 1 2015 @ 09:20 PM
Seems like hemp could be the solution.
Dr. Ilya Raskin of Rutgers University's Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, who was a member of the original task force sent by
the IAEA to examine food safety at the Chernobyl site figured out that through phytoremediation utilizing hemp, among other plants, the soil, and thus
the food supply could be saved from toxicity.
Phytoremediation is the process whereby green plants remove toxins from the soil. Plants can extract specific elements within their ecosystem and
still thrive. They accumulate the toxins in their tissues and root systems but remain undamaged.
Disposal found here.
A 40,000 square kilometre area of south-east Belarus is so stuffed with radioactive isotopes that rained down from the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power
station in 1986 that it won’t be fit for growing food for hundreds of years, as the isotopes won’t have decayed sufficiently. But this week a team
of Irish biofuels technologists is in the capital, Minsk, hoping to do a deal with state agencies to buy radioactive sugar beet and other crops grown
on the contaminated land to make biofuels for sale across Europe.
The company, Greenfield Project Management, insists no radioactive material will get into the biofuel as only ethanol is distilled out. “In
distillation, only the most volatile compounds rise up the tube. Everything else is left behind,” says Basil Miller of Greenfield. The heavy
radioactive residues will be burned in a power station, producing a concentrated “radioactive ash”. This can be disposed of at existing treatment
works for nuclear waste, he says.