Friday, April 1, 2011

Food radiation fears move to forefront

"Radiation can be a scary word, but I think it's important to remember that actually, we live surrounded by radiation every single day," said Blair Thompson of the Washington Dairy Products Commission. In fact some of our most common food -- potatoes, carrots, bananas, Brazil nuts all contain radioactive potassium. The radioactive iodine measured in milk can be more dangerous because it concentrates in the thyroid. Still, the amounts measured are 5,000 times lower than those that can cause health damage, even in growing children. But for many fear remains -- and that can cause its own problems. "We actually see health damage -- not from the radiation but from the fear of the radiation," said Berkeley Lab's Tom McKone. "And it's very real!" More>