food irradiation

Tim Reynolds t.reynolds at
Wed Sep 10 06:05:47 EDT 1997

> john valenzuela wrote:
> > 
> > I don't see that food irradiation fits into permaculture.
> > 

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> > This process disrupts local economies, taints the food with unknown
> > toxins, and perpetuates the validation of the toxic legacy of the
> > nuclear industry- from the uranium mines, and thier toxic tailings,
> > weapons of mutually assured destruction, and power plants that will be
> > deadly radioactive for many thousands of years. This transportation and
> > use of low level radioactive elements already exists in hospitals for
> > sterilization of medical supplies.  It is not widely known that most all
> > spices that are imported into the United States have been irradiated.
> > 


> > I prefer to enjoy food grown near where I live, support local economies,
> > and work toward a nuclear-free world.
> > 
> > with aloha 'aina
> > -John
> > 
> > John Valenzuela Permaculture Services
> > PO Box 1280 Pahoa, Hawai'i 96778
> > e-mail: johnvalenzuela at
> > 

Please don't confuse radiation with radioactivity.

It is my understanding that irradiation of food makes use of high 
voltages to create ionising radiation, much the same way as x-rays 
are produced. In both processes there is no involvement of 
radioactive materials and no radioactive by-products.

The nuclear industry may produce the power for food irradiation 
plants, but this may not be the case. You cannot involve the nuclear 
industry in a debate about a process that could be powered by wind 
or wave power.

Tim Reynolds
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