Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nuclear Tea?

It seems like tea has been in the news a lot lately, especially concerning the fallout after the nuclear plant disaster. I really don’t know how I feel about it all. For the average single tea bag a day drinker there probably isn’t much to worry about. But what about the loose leaf consumer like myself? I know many fellow tea drinkers who do consume very large quantities of green tea on a daily basis. The CNN video below states that you would have to drink 200 bottles of green tea every single day for an entire year in order for it to affect your health. That doesn’t take into account the fact that our bodies are bombarded with radiation on a regular basis. Or what about matcha, where the drinker is consuming many whole ground leaves?

I worry sometimes that all of these events will have a drastic affect on the tea industry in Japan. Will the small farmers whose families have been growing tea for generations be forced to retire? There are tea making skills passed on between family members that may be lost forever if that is the case. I hope that this is something they can all recover from soon.

1 comment:

  1. I think one of the biggest problems with Nuclear Accidents is that it can cause permanent or near-permanent losses to a society, such as when a large area is rendered unsuitable for agriculture, and I think this is happening already in Japan.

    From my own perspective, I'm not worried about radiation in tea...Japan has been actively testing tea, and I think that they know that if any unsafe tea makes it to export, it will ultimately hurt them even more, so they are keeping things as safe as possible.

    The major source of radiation exposure, for most people in the U.S, will probably continue to be radon gas...a reason to not keep your home totally airtight!

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