Japanese gov is putting penalty on farmers who quit farming for the risk of radiation
Farmers who quit growing vegetables not to spread the radiation is pressed by the government.
In Dateshi Fukushima, agricultural committee belonging to Date city government defined the farms as abandoned farm where the owner stopped farming not to grow radioactive crops.
When the farm is defined as abandoned farm, the owner can no longer obtain new and cleaner farm. This seems to be a pressure for the farmers to grow crops even though there is a risk of radiation.
The air dose is 3 microSv/h in the farm of Dateshi, which is 20mSv/y. Farmers can’t even farm for the risk of breathing hot particles.
According to Agricultural Land Act, when natural disaster hits the farm, it is not defined as abandoned farm. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan states generally speaking, this case would be categorized as natural diaster. However, agricultural committee, which is given the right to define, talks, it would be unfair if they don’t define it except for “highly radioactive” hot spots.
Because of the lack of media literacy, farmers are thinking they can farm if someone decontaminate the farms. They are expecting the way to put the contaminated surface of the soil into deeper underground though it causes more severe contamination to the ground.
They also think the nuclide to cause the contamination is only cesium, they are waiting for the 30 years of half life time to pass. The way of decontamination is not decided by the local governments.
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Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.