It was reported a couple years ago that glyphosate, the notorious herbicide peddled by Monsanto and the agri-chemical giants of the world, was found in most California wines.
Now, something arguably even worse has been found in California wine: radioactive cesium which is from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and other authorities performed an exercise in futility, trying to assure the public that the radioactive fallout dumped into the Pacific Ocean and headed for the West Coast of the United States was no big deal, posing no health risk, after the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant that left the people of Japan dealing with toxic water, odd fruit, and even radioactive wild boars.
Now, researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) have discovered radioactive cesium-137 in a variety of California vintages. 18 different bottles of California rosé and cabernet sauvignon were tested from 2009 until te present day, shockingly discovering that after Fukushima, the radioactive isotope quickly became present in the wine.
However more odd, the study simply said that they had “increased” levels of radioactive cesium in the bottles, double the radiation of the other wine. Why is any radiation in wine normal? There may be an agenda to normalize the presence of radiation in food products in this study. “We can measure some radioactive level that is much higher than the usual level,” said Michael Pravikoff, a physicist at a French research center who helped perform the study.
The New York Times even subtly admits that radiation in wine is not normal. According to their article:
“The French research team has in recent years examined wines from around the world, trying to correlate the level of radioactive material with the date the wine grapes were picked.
Wines made around major nuclear events, including American and Soviet nuclear tests during the Cold War and the Chernobyl accident, should show higher levels of radioactive isotopes, called cesium-137, according to the researchers. The man-made isotope cannot be found in nature and would be present only at certain levels after the nuclear events.”
Confirming that the study was biased toward downplaying the dangers of this radiation, Pravikoff said “These levels are so low, way below the natural radioactivity that’s everywhere in the world.”
Cesium-137 elevates a person’s risk for cancer, but it’s not just harmful if someone happens to develop cancer: like all toxins, the body suffers from them and the quality of life a person experiences can be decreased by toxins.
It’s difficult to say for certain what this does to people, but it’s wise to be skeptical of these people downplaying the risks.
The officials just acted like they had never heard of the study and therefore it didn’t matter. Continuing from the New York Times:
“The California Department of Public Health said Friday that it had not previously heard of the study, but that there were no ‘health and safety concerns to California residents.’
’This report does not change that,’ a department spokesman, Corey Egel, said in an emailed statement.
Mr. Pravikoff said the California bottles had radioactive levels so low that the researchers had to use a special technique to measure them: burning the wine to ashes. In other cases, where radiation is higher, the team’s equipment can measure the radiation through the glass of the wine bottle, so the bottle does not have to be opened.”
In 2016, an Oregon beach was the site of Japanese Fukushima radiation washing up at Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach. Authorities, in typical fashion, downplayed the risks claiming they were at “extremely low levels not harmful to humans.”
People would be wise to not underestimate the risks of consuming things like cesium-137. In California and across the United States (and the world that has been poisoned by the US and their coalition), radioactive and toxic substances have been left behind in neighborhoods that surround air-force bases, like the Sacramento, California communities of North Highlands and Rio Linda.