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Irradiation just approved for green vegetables

Original post made by Walter Wallis on Aug 22, 2008

Irradiation was just approved for green vegetables. How many people died because it was not approved when its feasibility became know decades ago? That is the stupidity tax we pay.
[I was chastised for suggesting the pilot involved in the recent crash was ill served by his instructor and FBO for them not dissuading his mountain flight. At the time we just knew he was low hours. Now we find he was flying on a student ticket! I rest my case.]
I hate to say I told you so. [Not really]

Comments (4)

Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2008 at 7:12 pm


You've just give the "organic" folk another reason live (or maybe die) eating "all natural" produce. Glad to hear produce will be safer!

Do you know if irradiation will be applied to produce coming from outside the states?

Hope so!

Posted by Jarred, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Walter, great news about the irradiation!

I'm surprised no eco-troll has surfaced to caution you about radioactive foods. The Gorebots aren't the sharpest tools in the shed, and sometimes haven't the cognitive wherewithall to keep "irradiate" and "radioactive" from merging into "badradiostuff" in their pointy little minds.

Posted by Biff Stencil, a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2008 at 9:53 am

Increased use of food irradiation will increase production and will increase occupational dangers, global warming and other environmental hazards. This will increase levels of gamma radiation inside an increasingly dangerous operating irradiation facility this will increase anywhere from ten to hundreds of times the level that would increasingly kill a human in a single short exposure. The gamma source for irradiation must be replaced regularly, so this risk will increase transportation the dangerous gamma source and accidents will increase with time. Spent gamma sources will increase radioactive waste, and there is still no acceptable method of the ever increasing long-term radioactive waste management. This will increase human exposure.

And I might also mention this will increase the short time to the end of the world as we know it.

Biff Stencil
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86th Company, Mocha Latte Battalion, Al Gore Bully Brigade
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Posted by Walter Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2008 at 11:25 am

Radiation diminishes exponentially with time and distance, while Salmonella grows exponentially. Compare deaths from radiation with death from unsterrile food these past few years.

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