Scientists Kick Off Kelp Watch

Mar 7, 2014 Read more: NBC San Diego
Scientists are gathering kelp from coastal waters to see what impact contamination from the Fukushima disaster in 2011 might have on Southern California. Read more

Long Beach, CA

#1 Mar 7, 2014
According to the authoritative website ehow:

"Kelp, a type of brown algae often referred to as seaweed, may be a new addition to the Western plate, but it makes up about 10 percent of a traditional Japanese diet. Kelp has been found to have many health benefits; those include the presence of cancer-preventing agents, according to the National Foundation for Cancer Research and the National Institutes of Health."

NBC 7 San Diego has reported that "California graduate students will join scientists in a study to test kelp for contamination from radioactive ocean water from the damaged Fukushima power plant.

"The first-of-its-kind study, conducted with researchers from Cal Berkeley and Cal State Long Beach, is being called "Kelp Watch 2014.

"CSULB Professor Dr. Steven Manley said kelp's highly absorptive nature is ideal for his research.

"It's the ability to absorb nutrients that's exploited because they also absorb the dissolved radio isotopes that will be coming this way," Manley said.

"Manley said he does not not believe the contamination levels expected in the kelp will be high enough to be harmful to humans, but he couldn't say the same for the ecosystem the kelp supports.

"The levels we project we're going to see in kelp are going to be quite low," he said. "But the effects on simpler forms of wildlife we don't know. Whatever is in the kelp will get into the bodies of those animals also."

Revolutionary Council is currently expending hard earned taxpayer money in it's "take no prisoners" war to "protect children" against "the possible danger" of secondhand water vapor that is associated with non-tobacco related e-"cigarettes".

It is well known that kelp plays a significant part in the diet of our Japanese and Korean American friends. Long Beach has its own health department, Why isn't Council insisting that department form an alliance with high paid taxpayer supported university officials to warn against "the possible danger" of radiation bearing kelp, as well as warning of the danger of eating radiation saturated fish that are higher up the food chain? Why wait until children are dying before Council takes action?



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