Last thoughts on the Butterfly study before I forget where my brain is heading.....
1. Why butterfly larvae? Although I understand that they have a faster maturity rate and allows for faster results...there doesn't seem to be any
way to correlate the results with humans.
2. Were the leaves tested for external radiation levels before being fed to the hapless caterpillars? The study is talking about internal radiation
doses but unless the leaves were tested, there is no way of knowing if the caterpillars were also receiving an external dose along with internal. I
would suspect that any caterpillars that were crawling on the leaves feeding would be also picking up an external dose from any radiation on the
The study would have made a lot more sense to use pigs. Start with a group of baby pigs and go from there:
3 control groups:
1 bunch of pigs is fed the same leafs and greens taken from a non-impacted area such as Okinawa or one the the more distant islands that has not been
affected by Fukushima to any great degree.
1 bunch of pigs is fed the same leafs and greens collected from the same areas around Fukushima.
1 bunch of pigs is fed the same leafs and greens collected from the same areas around Fukushima, but rinsed off with plain water prior to feeding.
Group A is the control group.
Group B would represent what an animal would intake in its natural environment.
Group C would represent what an animal would intake in its natural environment, except rinsing the leafs and greens should remove a significant
amount of surface radiation from the food.
Why group C? Because other than racoons and humans, most animals do not wash their food prior to consumption.
You could go one step further and have a Group D where the food would be thoroughly washed prior to feeding to remove as much external radiation as
Now that's a study I could get behind and would love to see the results of.
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