Many months ago began the burning of the tsunami debris in Japan. This is still ongoing, and the Japanese government has ordered the dumping of those ashes into Tokyo Bay.
Be aware that the majority of seaweed used in cooking is grown commercially in Tokyo Bay. At greenpeace.org, follow the ongoing seaweed testing along the Japanese coastline. You will see the results of those tests show significantly high levels of radioactive contamination.
Be Seaweed Smart
Sticking with a product close to home is not always the answer in this case. Companies like Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, regularly test for contamination, and state the following: “Many customers have expressed concerns about radioactivity in our products due to recent events in Japan, and we share these concerns. We are working with University of Maine scientists to test for radioactivity in both fresh and dried samples from the 2011 harvest, as well as dried samples from 2010 for comparison. We are committed to regularly sampling and testing for radioactivity in our sea vegetables.”
What is the safest way to go at this point? So far, so good, with Maine Coast products vs. the April 13th 2012 radiation test of Japanese Nori Seaweed conducted by the Enviro Reporter, which showed 94.7% above normal levels.
Seaweed Health Benefits
Seaweed is one of the healthiest weeds around. The British grow it, Norwegian’s do it, and Canada too. Japan did it and we do it. Seaweed is full of vitamins and minerals, and has been linked to tests against breast cancer, lung cancer, thyroid cancer and AIDS.
So if you are a sushi fanatic, or just love a seaweed snack, you can eat seaweed in sheets, dried flakes or pill form. Just remember to check where your seaweed is coming from.
Lynn (HannaLeah) Rabins is the owner of HealingThymes.com. Healing Thymes encourages us as individuals to discover our own self-awareness, true value & life purpose. An herbal educator, writer and speaker. You can follow Rabins on the Healing Thymes blog, or contact her through the Healing Thymes website.