Protection From Silent Killers That Stalk the Nation’s Food Supply
Two recent events raise the specter of radioactive contamination once again as silent killers stalk the nation’s food supply.
Just because it might take a little longer to kill you does not make it less deadly.
Just because you cannot apprehend it with your five senses does not make it less deadly.
Whether GMO contamination, glyphosate contamination or radioactive fallout contamination, you can protect yourself if you have right information and you take the right action. Information alone is worthless without appropriate action.
The good news is that there are practical steps you can take to alleviate these conditions. Rather than reacting to specific threats as they may arise in your life, it is far better to adopt a way of life that inoculates you from mortal unseen threats and allows you to profit and grow stronger in the process. Nicholas Taleb coined the term “antifragility” to describe this phenomenon. I delve into this concept at length and describe many practical applications in my book The Atomic Trekker. (Click here to learn more)
Radioactivity does not sleep. It’s there 24/7 radiating silently away. From Fukushima to the old hydrogen bomb test sites in the South Pacific to an obscure middle school in Ohio the atomic legacy strikes in unsuspected ways in diverse locations.
Now, the old Enewetak Test Site in the South Pacific is in the news again. Despite the grotesque concrete dome, it appears that radioactive material is seeping through the porous coral soil. (Click here for news article source)
Who would have thought?
"UN chief warns nuclear waste could be leaking into the Pacific" Cracks in a 40-year-old nuclear 'coffin' are raising concern. (Click here for news article)
“WHOI geochemist Ken Buesseler carries a hand-held Geiger counter as he prepares to ascend...”
Deja vu all over again. That old test site just keeps giving and giving. I wrote about it in my April 2017 article on why I don’t eat sweet corn anymore. (Click here to read "Atomic Harvest" by New Ordnance)
No thanks! I don’t think I will be climbing that dome to sniff out any leaks. My predilection is to go in the opposite direction. Here in the US we have plenty of radioactive seeps and leaks of our own – from Hanford in Washington State leaking into the Columbia river, Oak Ridge contamination in the TVA lakes, the lost radioactive dumps on the Pajarito Caldera surrounding Los Alamos, Rocky Flats north of Denver, Pantex near Amarillo, the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and other places you never heard of. The list goes on and on. Sooner or later they all seep and leak.
Governments always lie in these matters because it is in their best interest to do so.
If you wait for the government to tell you about it, it’s too late.
Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Ohio closed due to radioactive contamination. (Click here for the news article)
According to the school district, enriched uranium and neptunium-237, two highly carcinogenic radioactive chemicals, were detected inside the building and at a DOE air monitor next to the school.
The Department of Energy's Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, which is located about two miles from the Zahn's Corner Middle School in Piketon, Ohio, may be the source of the contamination that closed the school.
(U.S. Department of Energy)
“Between 2010 to 2014, the cancer incidence rate in the county was almost 488 per 100,000, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The rate is 10 percent higher than the national average.” (NBC News)
Unfortunately, the news was too late for the children of Zahn's Corner Middle School. Big Brother did not take care of them.
Depending on government to take care of you is the fatal mistake that all other fatal mistakes are based on.
Far better to take personal responsibility for your food supply and the basic necessities of life going forward. The priorities never change – air, shelter, water, food, medical care and defense. Cover the basics and come what may and you are free to pursue the antifragile life to build family, tribe and community.
It may seem too complex. That’s one reason I wrote the book – to show that it’s not the end of the world if your crops are contaminated by fallout. Some plants are easily decontaminated and others are not. You are better off growing Painted Mountain Corn beans and squash rather than broccoli, cauliflower and wheat. Some plants absorb certain radioactive isotopes more readily than others. There are no magic bullets but you might discover why I plan on growing lots of Lemon Balm for my herb chest.
As you can see from the picture at the beginning of the article, the portable take-away garden that I started planting a little over a month ago is yielding an abundant crop of super greens. (Click here to read the original how-to post)
I now have 12 bins with detached covers that can be easily transported to another location given enough time. In extremis, I would have higher priority items to transport in a sudden bug-out situation.
Of course, the antifragile strategy is to live at your bug-out location already. The chances of getting out of Dodge when the flag goes up are grid-locked slim.
It’s been raining steadily the past few days with a cold cloudy wind blowing in from the east, pushing scud banks through the gaps in the mountains with more snow on the high peaks – perfect hypothermia weather but it makes that famous Montana grass grow. That same ol’ springtime buffalo grass that lured those long horn cattle drivers from Texas to Montana, chronicled by Larry McMurtry in Lonesome Dove and portrayed with a quintessential performance by Robert Duvall.
Stay safe my brothers and sisters and never loose that joie de vivre.
May 20, 2019
Somewhere in the mountains of Montana