Radioactive Fish Found in Pacific Brings Us a Great Lesson

 
Nothing has been touted as better for your health than the Omega 3 fatty acids derived from eating fish and seafood – until now. How healthy can those cancer fighting Omegas be in a fish that also contains radiation? It is an unfortunate paradox of a cancer fighting agent contained in a fish contaminated by cancer causing radiation.
 
Of course, the radiation found in the Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of Southern California remains within the permissible limits of the FDA, but is still around ten times more concentrated than any previously tested tuna in the United States. Scientists testing the fish were alarmed that the levels of cesium (the radioactive agent found in the fish) were as high as they were. If scientists are alarmed, shouldn’t we also be? Shouldn’t this be a wake-up call that we must truly begin looking into other fuel alternatives that do not include nuclear power?
 
Over a year after the natural disaster that caused the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant hit Japan, fish caught off the coast of San Diego were discovered to contain high levels of cesium. In March, 2011, the tsunami created by an earthquake that rated 9 on the Richter scale wreaked havoc over Japan killing nearly 20,000 people. Since then, nations around the world are looking into better safety measures for nuclear power plants. However, I think these regulators are missing the bigger picture.
 
If the catastrophe at Fukushima should have taught us anything, it’s that rather than assessing safety measures for nuclear power, we should be focusing on alternatives to nuclear power. There is nothing safer than simply refraining from the use of this highly radioactive and carcinogenic source of energy altogether. Fukushima should have also taught us a greater lesson; there is nothing more powerful than Mother Nature. She is unpredictable and all powerful.
 
There is no amount of safety regulation that can stop some unforeseen calamity such as the earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011 causing the tsunami that would subsequently cause a radioactive meltdown of one of Japan’s nuclear power plants. In a macrocosmic domino effect, lives and homes were lost, and the seafood/sushi market plummeted as people grew more and more concerned about the levels of radiation in the fish from Japan.
 
Who would have guessed that the radiation could have made its way across the Pacific to our pristine waters of Southern California? Now fish and seafood lovers in the US and the world over have something else to ruminate about in addition to the increasing levels of mercury from wild caught fish and the disease infested pools farmed fish are raised in. So, how much more will it take for people to become concerned enough to advocate- nay – demand that we begin utilizing the safer energy alternatives out there?
 
Indeed, most policies around energy are politically and economically driven; but when will those in power realize that it is in everyone’s best interest including the politicians and businessmen to begin changing the very policies that are destroying our earth? As mentioned earlier, there was a considerable decline in the fish and seafood industry after the Fukushima disaster. And, it will take years to notice and link a trend of increased cancer cases in the region due to the radiation leakage. Those who are not particularly humanitarian should consider the economic ramifications of treating an increased population of cancer patients – those therapies are not cheap.
 
What it comes down to is this – there are currently plenty of feasible, safe alternative fuel technologies to choose from such as wind, solar and biofuels. Enough of these technologies already exist and have been assessed to be safe without poisoning our earth further like petroleum, nuclear power and hydrofracking have the potential to do.
 
We really can begin to look at replacing fossil fuels and nuclear power as an energy resource. Regardless of what motivates one to consider change, whether it be human suffering, political effectiveness, economic efficiency or what have you, one thing is clear- there are enough persuasive arguments in the radioactive fish found rather far from its original source that it should be a wake- up call to humanitarian, businessmen and politicians alike.
 
 
References:
Radioactive Bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to the US
FDA food safety guidelines
Fukushima Fallout