[ RadSafe ] Sr-90 in Maple Syrup, Ra-226 in mineral waters, Cs-137 in woodash, etc. was: Re: Re. Tritium found near VT Yankee (panic time!)

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Thu Sep 15 10:40:34 CDT 2011

If you enjoy watching heads spin, point out that plants (including maple
trees) that grow closer to busy roadways or fossil fuel burning
facilities have lower carbon-14 concentrations, because a higher
percentage of the CO2 they metabolize has carbon that has been out of
the biosphere for hundreds of millions of years.  Thus they can trade
less evil radiation for somewhat more of other things, such as mercury.

(I was told the bit about lower C-14 concentrations, though I don't know
if anyone has actually done a study to demonstrate it.  Still, when
comparing one infinitesimal risk with a vastly larger but still
infinitesimal risk, many technical restraints can be relaxed.) 

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Dahlskog, Leif
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Sr-90 in Maple Syrup, Ra-226 in mineral
waters,Cs-137 in woodash,etc. was: Re: Re. Tritium found near VT Yankee
(panic time!)

Agreed, witness the organic industry produces 'organic salt'.

Leif Dahlskog
Senior Health Physicist
Radiation Health Branch

>From: radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Michael
>>>LaFontaine, P. Phys.

>"...I think the whole "organic" food craze will  turn 
>out to be one of the biggest frauds of the 21st century..." 

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