Fukushima, Japan disaster update


This 20 June 2016 video is called Fukushima rice to be sold in Britain.

7 million Bq of all β nuclides leaked as contaminated water in Fukushima plant: here.

Radioactive cesium fallout on Tokyo from Fukushima concentrated in glass microparticles: here.

Solar energy in Japan: here.

Fukushima rice will be available for sale in the UK starting in July. It will also be supplied to some restaurants in the city. … As was found in Taiwan, many times Japanese foods are not tested at all before being exported to other countries. Mixing of contaminated crops with those of lesser or no contamination is also not currently banned in Japan. The rice being exported from Fukushima is a variety called Ten no Tsubu: here.

Welsh herring gull becomes spice gull


Welsh orange gull

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Gull turns orange after falling into vat of tikka masala

Today, 16:48

In Wales, a seagull [herring gull] has become all orange after a fall into a vat of curry tikka masala in a food factory. It has by now been so thoroughly washed that it is off white again, but it still smells like curry.

The animal flew on Monday into the factory and fell into the curry vat when it tried to grab a piece of meat. Employees saved the bird, which was then picked up by an employee of an animal hospital in Gloucestershire.

There the gull was thoroughly washed until it was no more orange, but the curry smell continued. “The smell surprised us most, he smelled really nice,” said an employee to The Guardian. If the gull will have recovered and its feathers after all the washing will be waterproof again, it will be released.

Foie gras temporarily banned in France


Peta protesting against foie gras production in Paris in 2012 (Getty Images)

From daily The Independent in Britain:

France bans foie gras for three months over bird flu scare

The country is responsible for 75 per cent of the global production

Caroline Mortimer

Producers of foie gras have said they will lose millions of euros as France introduces a three-month ban on production.

The measure, which has been prompted by a bird flu scare, means breeders in 18 départments in south west France will not be allowed to have any ducks or geese in their slaughterhouses until August.

Foie gras – or fattened duck or goose liver – is considered a delicacy by some but is denounced as cruel by animal rights campaigners due the practice of force-feeding.

Breeder Florence Lasserre told the France Info news channel that her gavage room – meaning the room where the birds are force fed – was currently empty.

She said:  “Usually it’s full here, and it feels a bit lonely now, but the main thing is that the virus doesn’t return.”

A highly virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was identified at a chicken farm in Dordogne in November last year triggering an investigation by a watchdog.

H5N1 is highly lethal for birds but humans are typically only infected when they come into close contact with the animals.