No question that the west coast of not just the USA but much of North America is now getting hit with the garbage washed away from Japan (a truly huge
amount). The good news is not that much is going to affect food, unless grown in Japan, and there bending over backwards to make sure there exports of
food is safe. Their economy depends on that, money is always a big motivator. Still...
For those in North America the big threat though not huge is by rain (fallout) with radioactive debris. The bad news is its impossible to tell which
is which without a Geiger counter, and even that only picks up ionizing radiation. But thats a real good place to start. (the other "stuff" are toxic
materials, metals and assorted gunk thats still bad for you but is not going to be carried by the air). Our weather goes from west to east as the crow
fly's by the way. Thats not new.
First, hammer your local officials to take rad readings. My feeling is if they do and find something, they are more worried about a panic (just like
the UFO issue) then telling the people the truth. Fact is with the proper information there is a lot that can be done, with the radiation thing at
least, UFO's we can do nothing about. Thats not a joke.
Since food grown in Canada and the USA is not grown in a hot zone, that makes a difference because a seed planted in hot soil affects the plant
beyond just the rad count. Food grown in place's like Mexico are also often dosed with very toxic chemicals never used or long since banned in Canada,
USA, and most of Europe. As always a few things you should do anyway.
1. Wash your fruits and vegetables and do it well, DO NOT USE SOAP, thats just another chemical you don't want to ingest. Use a clean wash rag and
then rinse again and dry it well with a clean towel or cloth. This goes a long way, and also gets the crap (literally) and chemicals off your food.
2. Taking potassium iodine would only help if your exposed to radiation and must ONLY be given to children or people with a thyroid condition if
needed. Its usually harmless enough, but you can't be on it forever. Also it won't protect you from everything but its comforting to "have a pill"
that at least deals with one aspect of the problem you actually have some control over.
3. Get yourself a Geiger counter and don't wait for TPTB to get their act together. Or if you live in a community, you can get one and share it among
your neighbors, church, club, or where you work. Since not everyone has spare change and though there not expensive, its one way to have everyone
pitch in what they can and then share it.
4. Then test your food before you even wash it. Thats one way to see if wherever that food came from you have a problem, or not. Yes its a hassle,
but you want the alternative?
PS: If you do get a Geiger counter, buy it from a reputable supply house, store, etc. Not Joe the plumbers hand made one no matter how good a "deal"
it is. It's hardly a deal if its the guts out of Joe's spare remote control. Anyone can built something and make it go tick tick tick...
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