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Organic Doesn't Mean Radiation Free
Organic in it's strictest sense only means that there haven't been any 'banned' inputs to a selected environment in the 3 years prior to certification. “There are no specific requirements or guidance on seaweeds in the FDA standards. Each certifying agency has drawn up specifications that must be met to receive their certification.” And no one is testing the seawater per aqua-crop relevant to any 'Organic Certification' standards.
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Organic in it's strictest sense only means that there haven't been any 'banned' inputs to a selected environment in the 3 years prior to certification. Radioactive isotopes are not banned, they're not generally used either, but they are, in the context of the nuclear industry, allowed. There are allowed releases, allowed emissions, all within thresholds considered 'safe'. And each can be exceeded on ocassion, legally.
“There are no specific requirements or guidance on seaweeds in the FDA standards. Each certifying agency has drawn up specifications that must be met to receive their certification.”
And no one is testing seawater per aqua-crop relevant to any 'Organic Certification' standards.
Earth Circle Organic Nori is certified by EcoCert, “one of the largest and respected agencies.” Where are these Organic Nori Sheets harvested? “Earth Circle Organic Nori is harvested in the Sea of Japan. This area is to the north of Japan and is not affected by the recent nuclear accident.”
The official time period of the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima was March 11, 2011 to sometime in April 2011. What of the continuing Nuclear CATASTROPHE? Each year, the typhoon season begins in May! And the winds over Tokyo didn't shift to an eastward flow until March 14-15th.
Arnie Gundersen covers this in depth. For three to four days, winds blew from Fukushima towards the Island's interior.
Also consider the fact that - Nori has an affiliation with fresh water outflows (rivers) mixed with saline content (nearshore ocean waters) and in it's wild state, grows on rocks on the beach, which may be underwater at high tide, but not somewhere in the open ocean (Sea).
Think about the rains, and the concentrations of radioactive fallout from atmospheric debris, (nuclear reactor smoke stack venting, allowed releases, 'accidents' and catastrophes) - and as raindrops become drops from leaves of trees, and trickles of rivulets become the headwaters of tributaries feeding the maternal lateral forks becoming rivers flowing to the sea....
To grasp the significance please visit:
And take a moment to just peruse the UCB monitoring site and results log.
UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Air Monitoring Station Department of Nuclear Engineering
Food Chain Sampling Results (grass, spinach, etc.) Department of Nuclear Engineering
Seawater Measurement Department of Nuclear Engineering
Back to Organic Aquatic Plant Certification:
The Porphyra (Nori) is popularly farmed globally, with select preferential species on ropes fastened to stakes, and obviously also very near shore, and not out in the open ocean of the “Sea of Japan”.
Most the Nori labeled Organic comes from 'The Sea of Japan' or 'Shandong Peninsula'.
Visiting the ECOCERT STANDARDS page, it is revealed that there are no ECOCERT Organic Aquatic Plants Standards! http://www.ecocert.in/standards.php
From San Diego to the Mendocino Coast, California seaweeds have been tested at EMSL Analytical Labs and UCB Nuclear Engineering Labs and found to be RADIATION FREE for 2 years now. The North Coast Edible Seaweed season begins in June, though samples are collected throughout the year for testing.
Only one college study showed high levels of I-131 in March 2011 from Macrocystis fronds near San Diego... well of course. But the study stopped there. That was the only radioactive element that was tested for in the Kelp fronds.
Known companies that test and sustainably hand harvest edible seaweeds and sea vegetables, the results of which should be good for lengths of coastline are:
Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetables
Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, and
Seagate Products, (FFDS) First Fisheries Development Services
There is another company in B.C. that is testing this year!