t.reynolds at motiv.co.uk
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 hotmail.com
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.
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