Sunday, August 5, 2012

11pm STL Storms @ 11X Over Background Radiation

Two storms so far today, 8/4/12. The first storm at 5am markedly increased airborne readings on our full-time radiation monitor. The second storm, which passed at approximately 11pm, had a lesser impact on the full time monitor. (see chart below).

We were able to do a surface swipe of a sheet metal surface after the 2nd storm,at approximately 11:30pm. The swipe returned a reading of 11x background radiation; that reading is one of the lowest readings we have had for an extended period of time.

More storms are inbound, updates to follow Sunday.


  1. FYI comment on how nobody is monitoring US beef and pending Japanese imports.

    1. Thanks for the link, we have been testing US grass fed beef see

      We are on the verge of releasing the analysis from our 3rd beef sample (and the resulting "all up" comparison).

      And, thanks to donations, we are planning another set of professional food tests.

      But one thing is for sure, eating Japanese Beef just seems crazy.

      From a USA beef perspective, the current drought will cause the remaining Fukushima era corn to enter the feed market.

    2. re: "From a USA beef perspective, the current drought will cause the remaining Fukushima era corn to enter the feed market."

      How long do crops like corn (and other grains) typically last in storage? i.e., how long will it be until the crops that were growing in the spring and summer of 2011 will have spoiled (if not consumed as food before then)?

    3. Nemo,
      Dry feed corn lasts about 15 to 150 months in storage, depending on temperature.
      Corn-on-the-cob for human consumption has a short shelf life.

    4. Thanks. Do you have any information about which types of grains are most and least likely to uptake fallout? I have heard conflicting things about whether wheat, for example, uptakes cesium in significant amounts. I am mainly concerned about foods for direct human consumption, rather than animal feed (because I'm a vegetarian).

  2. We tend to follow a Paleo "caveman" diet. Putting that into a vegetarian mindset, I would avoid any vegetable oil where the "oil" has to be chemically extracted( ie one cannot squeeze the oil out of corn). That basically leaves olive oil and coconut oil; for those products we would stick with Brazil and maybe Australia.

    From the perspective of the grain itself, I think it all comes down to location, soil type, and fertilizer. See this older post for links and thoughts on the subject

    And even though you are a vegetarian, it is still wise to pay attention to the animal uptake risk because their manure will likely be fertilizing your grain.

    Probably the simplest effective risk mitigation is to focus on growing region, instead of grain type. Based on what we are seeing out of our beef testing, I suspect the longest term risk is from any food source grown at the bottom of a watershed or irrigated from the same. That risk likely increases the closer one is to the west coast.

    Beyond that, you'll really have to dig into the Cold War research studies. But even then, our best guess is that the greatest risk mitigation success probability comes primarily from decisions based on growth location.