posted on Jul, 1 2011 @ 01:12 AM
Originally posted by siren8
You want radiation in your food. It kills food germs. If you ever see them stop irradiating your vegetables, its time to panic. We don't need e-coli
You are confusing two different things.
1. Food is sometimes exposed to gamma rays, a form of radiation, by food processors, to kill harmful organisms.
This is good. Nobody I know thinks this is harmful, The food is not radioactive after exposure.
2. Food contains radioactive material
This is natural if the levels are at the low, normal background level. When the content of radioactive materials becomes elevated due to contamination
from fallout, it can become a health risk. This is totally different than the type of radiation in #1 because you ingest it. You don't ingest
anything radioactive as a result of #1.
As Obi Wan said, "this isn't the radiation you're looking for, move along" OK not an exact quote but you get the idea. It's not completely safe,
but not many people are likely to die from the low levels in the US food supply. Some people probably will die from it, some of them 50 years from now
perhaps. But not a lot. Crossing the street is still a much larger risk of death than this low level of radiation. Are you going to stop crossing the
street? If no, then you don't have to stop eating either.