Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Message from Occupy The NRC


submitted by Gabrielle Price
h/t to Occupy NRC

Feel free to copy and paste this message in its entirety with your community.

As a group founded by mothers concerned about the realities of the nuclear industry with 600+ members and growing from around the world including Japan, we at Occupy the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) want to make sure that you are aware of the following for the health and well-being of families everywhere:

#1.  If reactor 4 blows up in Fukushima it has enough nuclear power to take out the entire northern hemisphere.
http://www.change.org/petitions/fukushima-spent-fuel-pool-4-risks-u-s-health-and-safety

#2. After the Chernobyl accident, many people who didn’t need to be poisoned by the nuclear disaster were.  They got cancer.  They ended up with mutated DNA that severely affected generations to this day.  Do you know why?  Because they ate food that had been contaminated from the initial fallout. 

This problem will be magnified substantially around the world in the case with Japan b/c unlike Russia back in the 1980s, Japan sends food ingredients all over the world.  In the United States for example, big food manufacturers like Kellogg’s, General Mills, PEPSICO (makers of Gatorade, Frito-Lay products, Quaker, etc,) have all said they are getting ingredients from Japan but they won’t say what it is they are getting citing “proprietary information” : basically none of your business to know. 

In essence if you live in the US and you want to avoid consuming something from Japan, you can’t. Japanese ingredients are also going into medicines, make up, animal feed, and a myriad of other products.  Citizens have a right to access to this information so if they want to avoid eating it, they can. This petition gives citizens that right.

Here is a great piece done by Food and Water Watch back in 2011 http://documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/doc/food-radiation.pdf

#3  Consumables being exported out of Japan need to be better monitored for potential contamination. Individual countries need better monitoring of their food, water, and soil too. 

#4  Seventy-two Japanese organizations are asking for help. We need to help them, for the health and well being of their families and for the health and well being of all families around the world. 

Many thanks to the Occupy the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) page on Facebook.  Join them by clicking the 'like' box in the upper left column of this blog or visit them here.

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