The Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN) is still hard at work demanding transparent, responsible food monitoring. This week we are launching a letter campaign to Congress to initiate legislation to protect our food supply against Fukushima’s ongoing radiation releases, with more info at www.FFAN.us under “Take Action Now” and below:
Here is a sample letter you can copy, paste and send to your elected officials. It’s always good to add your own words as well. And it’s easy to do. Just click on this link find your representatives: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
All children worldwide deserve equal protection. So please tell me why children in the US are allowed to eat at minimum 12 times more man-made radioactive poison in their food than children in Japan?
I am writing to demand, in the continuing wake of the Japan nuclear catastrophe, that FDA be required to lower the recommended amount of radioactive cesium allowed in our food to 5 Bq/kg. I also demand that you request widespread testing of the US food supply immediately. It is our RIGHT TO KNOW how contaminated our food is and our choice whether or not we eat it. Everyone has the right to say “Bye-Bye, Becquerels!”
Japan’s nuclear industry and government have lost control (once again) of its ruined nuclear power complex at Fukushima, a site that continues to leak massive quantities of radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean. This is adding to the existing toxic releases from atomic bomb tests and nuclear power over the past seven decades.
The American Medical Association has called for testing of seafood. Canada is going to start testing its salmon in light of an historic low in salmon numbers. Korea has been testing imports from Japan, returning food with small amounts of cesium contamination. Bluefin tuna tested from off of the California coast has been contaminated with Fukushima cesium. Radioactive jam from Bulgaria labeled “organic” and discovered in Japan has since been recalled there. This same brand of preserves is now being sold on American grocery shelves. How am I supposed to protect my child’s health against internal contamination if I don’t know how contaminated our food is?
As members of Congress we are asking that you pass legislation to begin food testing immediately. The US FDA has a recommendation limit twelve times that of Japan at 1200 Bq/kg of cesium. Even with the continuing release of radioactivity into the Pacific, and food testing in other countries, the FDA stated to the press that it still sees no danger from man-made radiation in food even though children are more vulnerable to radiation damage.
Food testing is urgently needed. We demand that you take a stand and encourage your fellow congressmembers to do the same.
So that’s the letter, and the great thing about email is that it will be waiting for your Congressmember when they get back from their holiday feast. Food for thought, if you will. Unless we have monitoring and responsible food policy, we won’t know what is safe to feed our families. One thing is crystal clear: We can not allow another Fukushima to happen. Please do everything you can to support a widespread transition to safe, renewable energy.
“FFAN is the only group working toward safe food policy in the US due to the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe. Please support their work and comment on the FDA Citizen Petition today!” ~ Dr. Peter Montague, Founder and Director of Environmental Research Foundation