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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

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  • Re:Yeah... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by bluefoxlucid (723572) on Monday May 19, 2014 @02:42PM (#47040197) Journal

    Yeah, and why would you want a lettuce low in potassium and nitrates anyway? You need those things to live!

    People think Japan is basically 90% uninhabitable because of nuclear holocaust. I want to move out of the US to escape the stupidity.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 19, 2014 @02:52PM (#47040267)

    They're growing lettuce in hydroponic trays inside a "clean room" of what used to be a semiconductor plant. It's not really surprising that plants grown in so-called "clean room" conditions in water that isn't from an irradiated area would not contain radiation. Hydroponic gardening has been around for hundreds of years. So, what exactly is the "news" here?

  • Re:Yeah... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Monday May 19, 2014 @03:02PM (#47040327)

    It's a little over 50 miles away if you just Google the address. It's just outside the exclusion zone set by the US government for US citizens.

    It's INSIDE what was once the companies clean room. So it's distance from the reactor is irrelevant. The point of what they're doing is that they can grow food irrelevant of the conditions outside. Year round. The plants they are growing are specialized for people who have kidney diseases. The lower potassium makes them easier on the liver and the lower nitrates make them for palatable to children and likely people undergoing chemo. i.e. It costs a lot to grow food this way, so they picked a food people were more willing to pay a premium for.

  • Re:Yeah... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bluefoxlucid (723572) on Monday May 19, 2014 @03:19PM (#47040461) Journal

    The study that originally connected nitrates with cancer risk and caused the scare in the first place has since been discredited after being subjected to a peer review. There have been major reviews of the scientific literature that found no link between nitrates or nitrites and human cancers, or even evidence to suggest that they may be carcinogenic. Further, recent research suggests that nitrates and nitrites may not only be harmless, they may be beneficial, especially for immunity and heart health.

    Amusing stuff [chriskresser.com]. More nitrate from vegetables than from like 500 hotdogs. 90% of your nitrite exposure comes from internal manufacture.

  • Re:Yeah... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Monday May 19, 2014 @07:51PM (#47042505)

    The study that originally connected nitrates with cancer risk and caused the scare in the first place has since been discredited after being subjected to a peer review. There have been major reviews of the scientific literature that found no link between nitrates or nitrites and human cancers, or even evidence to suggest that they may be carcinogenic.

    That's because those studies were of nitrates, not the high-temperature products of cooking nitrate-laden organics like beef: as nitrosamines.

    As I posted in another link above: nitrates themselves are known to be pretty benign. But there is plenty of good evidence over a period of decades that cooking nitrate-cured food (like hot dogs) produces nitrosamines that are well-known (and long studied) carcinogens.

    Nitrates themselves are probably not much concern. In fact nitrates are known, often-prescribed vasodilators. (Know anybody who takes nitroglycerine for heart problems?)

    As with so many other things, nitrates are not necessarily evil. It is what you do with them that counts.

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