Friday, December 15, 2006

Radiation Is Sounding Pretty Tasty About Now

With the recent E. coli poisoning outbreaks – which can be caused by both meat and vegetables, and all segments of society eat one or both – it may be time to revive talk of food irradiation.

Controversial because it involves zapping foods with a dose of radiation before selling them to the public, irradiation allegedly kills dangerous bacteria such as E. coli. It’s that “dose of radiation” part that has a lot of us worried, though.

We’re told that the food doesn’t retain the radiation, but how we do know for sure? How do we know some agricultural concern isn’t really downplaying the danger simply to line their own pockets? Will eating irradiated vegetables cause us to end up with an unhealthy green glow?

It certainly gives a new meaning to "eating your greens."

The difficulties that dependence on foreign oil have presented to us revived talk of using nuclear power not long ago. Will our dependence on eating to live make us turn to nukes in the agricultural sector? I can see the protest signs now: "No cukes!"

Whatever the case, I think we owe
scallions an apology.

11 comments:

Jack K. said...

It does make one wonder about all things scientific, doesn't it?

Perhaps what we call the sun is nothing more than a hoax perpetrated by who knows whom. It may only be a giant light that is turned on and off on a regular basis to keep you from rebelling.

I just hope the shade of green doesn't clash with my wardrobe or the color of my wife's eyes.

No lol here. This is too serious to scoff at.

Pete Bogs said...

irradiation creeps me out, but I think it will come back into play with all the food-borne illnesses emerging... the latest is at an Olive Garden:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16223079/

James Aach said...

I think the question that's being asked by those concerned about the irradiation issue is if the radiation causes atomic structural changes to the food itself. Food safety experts generally say no.

For a short course in the wacky world of radiation, see Episode 9 and the figure Radiatin Limits in my novel Rad Decision, available at no cost to readers at RadDecision.blogspot.com

Pete Bogs said...

james - some people are afraid of the nutrients being affected... if that is the case, vitamin supplements would be no big deal... it's the "radiation" part that scares people, and it's understandable, if not entirely rational...

Aunty Belle said...

Bawgs, honey, did Bond eat his greens wif or wifout radiation? I'se back on previous post.

Pete Bogs said...

aunt b - I only remember him eating caviar in the movie... shaken, not stirred...

Hellpig said...

Just teach the Mexicans a little about hygene and we could avoid the whole E-Coli problem altogether.

Finally got my power back on friggin wind storm.

Pete Bogs said...

hell - exactly... we're told not to drink their water, then we eat foods that are grown with their water... no es bueno...

Hellpig said...

Ever been to Mexico Bogs? DO NOT DRINK THE WATER and be very carefull were you decide to eat I was in TJ last year there is a garbbage dump right along side of TJ that's every bit as big as TJ itself.......When I lived in San Diego a few years ago there are about 4 beaches that you dont goto because of raw sewage....very sad...........even more pathetic is the AZ and CA and TX borders they are toxic dumps from all the millions that crossed,i will link you but it's very depressing...where are the MFing environmentalists about this?

Aunty Belle said...

Bond--BAwgs, I done seen the movie wif Uncle Aloysius, and well...he is Bond-ish enough-- seething energy revving its motor under that tuxedo--but dern, doan he look like Vladimir Putin ?

Pete Bogs said...

aunt b - lol... I think some of the womenfolk here would disagree with you... personally, I think he looks like a Nazi...