If you have been watching the endless debate about nuclear power you may be interested in this video report about the possibility of contaminated beef after Fukushima in Japan. It is interesting because the numbers are, as far as disasters are concerned quite small. So why beat up this type of matter. Whether or not nuclear power is the saviour of the planet and humanity as seems to be so popular at the moment is a matter for you. Even George Monbiot a very passionate, erudite and committed environmentalist finds himself in the very pro nuclear camp. But think about the actual political and social implications of the use of this fuel. It’s wonderful for the Europeans and others who can get it from someone else. They do not have to disfigure their countries with the effects of massive penetration of the ground to get at this god given miracle saviour. They do not have indigenous populations who will be deprived of any right to live in a proper fashion on their own land. It all seems such a good idea if all you have to do is build the power station and turn on the lights. What is needed is a change of attitude. The beginning of sharing what the planet has to offer because it is not us versus nature at all. It is not us conquering nature. We are part of nature. At the moment as David Suzuki says we have become a force of nature. If we fall for the tricks of capital and opt for some build nuclear power stations now and see what happens because it will work in the short term, we make the same mistakes all over again. The answer does not lie in a system that allows you to continue to consume the planet and each other to the beat of voodoo rhythm economics, no matter how safe the system looks. Remember most problems with nuclear power stations seem to happen as they age and the rush to construct creates old decaying structures that are essentially a complete hazard. All the pro nuclear type of thinking reflect a desire to do something anything straight away and assume that a world full of rampant and incorrigibly authoritarian countries will somehow act in the planet’s best interests. A fools dream. George Ikners ikners.com
|There’s concern that radioactive beef is being distributed in Japan.
It’s believed more than 40 cows were fed contaminated hay at a cattle farm near the Fukushima nuclear plant, and then slaughtered and sold nationwide.
Many consumers don’t believe the government is doing enough to prevent contaminated food from being circulated.
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