Flustered Fukushima farmers up to their ears in radioactive bullsh*t

Flustered Fukushima farmers up to their ears in radioactive bullsh*t

August 21, 2011

Nikkei August 18“We’ve run out of space to store it,” frets a 75-year-old farmer in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, who tends a herd of some 70 cattle.

His bovines’ digestive systems are remarkably productive, generating two tons of excrement per day. This material, rich in nutrients, is normally recycled by selling it to vegetable growers.

But as the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Aug. 16) reports, on July 22, farmers were ordered to halt shitments — sorry, we meant shipments — of the stuff until it could be determined it was free of radioactive cesium and thereby safe to spread. Read More

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