Food Nutrition and Culture Term Paper

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Food Nutrition and Culture

Food, Nutrition, and Culture- food safety problems

Radiation in Japan

Food safety is not an option but a compulsory condition to maintain life on earth. While the food is responsible to fuel human body to perform daily tasks, the bad quality of food can also risk human lives and health. The importance of food safety programs has increased in Japan second time in the history when the country faced nuclear disaster a couple of years ago. The radiations have spread in a vast area and the lives of people are in danger. While the country exports seafood internationally of worth over one and a half billion dollars, it is vital to ensure that the seafood does not contain radiations and is not a dangerous for health of people. The people of Japan are very much concerned about their food quality and are known for cultivating their own vegetables to ensure food supply and food quality for the family. Such a nation is expected to show their distresses as well as effort for producing food free of contamination. The increasing mistrust of the people on food quality is based on the information shared by media and the increasing health concerns worldwide. It is thus recommended that the government should ensure the safety of food through properly run programs. The paper discusses what the incident of radiation was, how it took place and what food concerns has it raised?

Dave Smith

Fukushima Radiation Now A Global Disaster: Japan Finally Asks World For Help, Two Years Too Late

07 October, 2013

Japan met a serious crisis when in March 2011 the Fukushima nuclear power plant was hit by tsunami and earthquake. The nuclear power plant was disabled and the site was declared no-go area. It is considered the worst radiation disaster in last three decades. The incident affected the populations neighboring the area and the foreign countries started checking the Japanese and people from Japan so that they do not bring any radiations from Japan. The radiations also had effect on the food. While initially people were hesitant to eat and drink anything coming from Japan's radiation effected area, fish was the major food item. From fruits to anything else, the food quality assurance bodies round the world were concerned. The seafood consumption, after the incident, was believed to result into consumption of increased number of dangerous isotopes. While the plant was leaking 300 tons, or 71,895 gallons, of contaminated water every day, it was still less than the 187 quintillion contaminated water of Pacific Ocean. Thus it can be said that the food quality concerns increased after the incident but there are both types of people, one that suspect food quality and others that assure it after the incident.

Humber, Yuriy.

Japan Says Food 'Guaranteed' Safe by Tests for Radiation Levels

03 September, 2013

The Canadian newspapers stated that out of every 500 cancers, 75 will be caused by the exports of fish by Japan. The water is believed to degrade in decades and Japanese Fisheries Agency is testing the radiation in fish. It was found through 33,000 tests on fish that the fish had 18 becquerels per kilo of radioactive cesium which was far below the ceiling of 1,000 becquerels per kilo for cesium set by Health Canada. Article says that food security and safety in Japan is still a question and despite that 0.7% food produced in Japan has dangerous level of radionuclides, the fact that this radiation causes cancer in hundreds should not be avoided.

Media Discourse

It is often complained of the media that it discusses environmental and health issues as individual episodes and does not link them together to identify the direction of the world and help people know what future problems they can face. The food concerns are increasing due to many reasons like the acidic rains, radiations, soil pollution etc. The media is yet very helpful in equipping the masses with information about the quality of food and environment. At least people can know what is happening around and the political movements can be raised so that legal actions are taken to ensure food quality through food safety programs.

Slater, David H., Keiko, Nishimura, and Kindstrand, Love.

Social Media, Information and Political Activism in Japan's 3.11 Crisis

2013

Media went high alert upon the news of earthquake and tsunami in the nuclear plant site of Japan. While the government claimed that the disaster was worst, the media, like anyone else, was not allowed to visit the site until necessary security measures were taken. The media information provoked around 60,000 individuals to march against the breach of nuclear security treaty by Japan.

Kwong, Matt

Calls for seafood tests due to radiation leak in Japan

08 August, 2013

MSN official says that the Japan was facing pressures from international bodies including U.S. government to test seafood quality at the West Coast waters. The media spread the news that 300 tons of contaminated water was leaking into sea from nuclear plant. The Japanese nuclear disaster incident is considered the first ever natural disaster that was fully and continuously discussed over social media. From pictures to news to expert opinions, social media discussed everything. The marches for the quality assurance and the safety of Japanese were demanded from this biggest mouth on earth, social media. Article says that the social media was more than the source of information; it was initiator of the social and political action. The media enabled the world to have information and reports on the incidence without leaking the names of officials providing the news.

Language

While the world may choose to keep silent on the killing of people in Rwanda because it is the 'only' matter of ethics but demanding food security is not optional. The language of media and experts was clear and demanding on the issue of food quality arising from the nuclear disaster. The fish migration between Japan and USA was another main concern since the contaminated food and water was not localized but moving. While the tone of masses was aggressive against the Japanese administration, many demanded Japan to stop the export of seafood since it was exporting contaminated fish too. The Japanese were criticized to exporting the disease in the world.

On one hand, the tone and language of media and masses is alarming about the quality of food in Japan and on the other hand the officials demand the Japanese government to run safety methodologies. The FDA has not directly involved itself to the issue of contaminated food. This might be because of two reasons. Either it is satisfied that the level of food contamination is not touching alarming levels or it is sure that the effects will not reach America because the country does not accept food with low or suspicious quality. The concerns of the people are justified even when no direct death has occurred due to radiated vegetable and food because the effect of radiations is often slow and can be genetically passed.

Deployment of experts

The Japanese welcomed the experts from everywhere to help in managing not only the crippled plant but also the food, water and air that was contaminated around. The ex-Ambassador to Switzerland Mitsuhei Murata talked to President Obama and said that Japan needs urgent assistance and international task force should help the country in deployment of risk reduction methods. While the Hong Kong recommends banning the fish from Japan, there are many others that think that the country should not be isolated in trade rather proper food quality assurance should be done on the imported seafood and Japan should pay for this food quality assurance. For this, the Japanese government seeks help from international bodies.

The food experts can help Japan not only identify which food is safe and which is contaminated but the experts can also help to make the contaminated food usable because some minor levels of contaminations that are not hazardous for health, can be used after a little processing. Such medical procedures are very helpful and the exports of the country can be maintained by deploying expert knowledge. The mushrooms and vegetables that are mutant can be researched to find how the radiation actually affected the shape of vegetable and can it affect human health to consume mutant vegetable. The food safety can be managed by identifying and moving the production sites located in areas that are prone to harmful effects of radiation.

Interviews

From Japanese Prime Minister to the administration of Tokyo Electric Power Company were interviewed after the incident. While the Prime Minister Shinzo did not accept the international assistance till 2013, he explained the world how Japan was managing the site after disaster. He told the world that that the plant administration is ordered to control the 300 tons radioactive leakage per day. A month after the incidence took pace, the Tokyo Electric Power Company VP Takashi Fujimoto stated the company detained the plan regarding building of Reactors No.… [END OF PREVIEW]

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