Global Now

High levels of radioactive substances in Japanese food

Anjana Singhwi

Section: Julianna Cope

Global Now: Abstract

Headline:  High levels of radioactive substances in Japanese food

Date:  11/07/2012




The damage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors in Japan, caused due the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami ( March of 2011) , lead to the release of toxic radioactive substances into the atmosphere. This affected farmland within a radius of 120 km and contaminated fruits and vegetables.

The Iodine -131 and Cesium – 137 isotopes are radioactive byproducts of the nuclear reactors. These isotopes were detected in water and milk samples. Japanese officials say that milk samples had 17 times the accepted limit of radioactive iodine in them. 

Fukushima is a top producer of fruit and vegetables and has the fourth largest amount of farmland in Japan. The rise in the level of contaminated food directly impacts the economy of Japan. The question is ” Why are hazardous nuclear reactors placed in close proximity to farmlands?”. 


Global Issue: Contamination of food

Primary Design Lens:Urban Planning


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