Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Queen of Green is on the Lookout For ‘HOT’ Beef
Holy cow, known as an expression of surprise, has taken on a frightening twist in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In an article recently published by two of Japan’s news services, it has been discovered that at least 1300 cows contaminated with radioactive cesium were shipped, slaughtered, and sold to unsuspecting consumers in 45 of Japan’s 47 prefectures (a prefecture is what we call a ‘state’). Remember when Mad Cow Disease had everyone afraid of eating hamburger…bite into the wrong patty and you were doomed to the neurological killer disease? Now the Japanese are facing a far worse situation. Cooking meat does not neutralize the radiation and radioactive cesium has a half life of 30 years making “hot” beef REALLY “hot” beef. Levels in meats tested show a cesium levels at 500 times what the Japanese government is considering safe.
Why should we in America care about this environmental tragedy taking place in Japan? The better question is….do you know where “your” beef is coming from?
You would think that Japan is well aware of the dangers of radioactive fallout from the lesson learned at Chernobyl. Radiation falls from the sky and gets into the grass…the hay…the straw. The animals eat this straw contaminated with mega doses of Cesium 137 which goes into every cell of their bodies, especially the meat and bone. Eat the beef and you eat the Cesium 137, but the Japanese government knows this so what’s the problem??
A great deal of contaminated beef was sold to processors who turned it into food for children’s school lunches. Yes, I said children…and yes, I said school lunches. One single contaminated cow was traced to 23,000 servings within school lunches served in 52 schools in Japan. Is this the only place the beef has been sent to? Could your mystery meat burger or cup of chili at your favorite fast food restaurant contain deadly Cesium 137?
Stay tuned…the Queen of Green is on the case to find out how “Hot” Beef sold in America really is!
Website for 3000 contaminated cows. http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110728/wl_asia_afp/japandisasternuclearaccidentfoodbeef
Website for the school lunches with cesium 137 http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/contaminated-beef-served-in-gifu-school-lunches