We have been watching with growing concern the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that obliterated so many coastal towns in Northeast Japan.
For one thing, it has been horrific for the people who have been affected directly. For another, it continues to be horrific to the tens of thousands of people who have been displaced. But perhaps most alarming for those of us who were watching from what we felt was a safe distance, the horror threatens to spread to the U.S. and enter the flood supply.
While officials of the Japanese government are understandably reticent, it's a safe bet that the Fukushima nuclear power plant is releasing radioactive particles into the atmosphere. This sets up the potential for radioactive fall out on the USA West Coast. How soon, how much and for how long remains unanswerable today. But the prospects of radioactive fallout on West Coast agriculture spells very bad news for people who purchase most of their fruit and vegetables at the supermarket.
”California plants more than 80% of the nation’s broccoli acreage. California also produces 75% of the nation’s spinach, 75% of the nation’s fresh tomatoes, and 95% of tomatoes used for processing…Apples, strawberries, grapes, oranges and peaches made up 69% of the value of US fresh market production. California is the leading producer of all these fruits except apples; Washington State accounts for half the nation’s supply.” West Coast Green
Tobi Wollin, Firedoglake, Food News You Can Use, Glow in the Dark Edition.