Everybody should look into this.
Very generous segue, EG. Thank you.
The possibility exists that we have become so inundated with information concerning the widespread wholesale industrial poisoning of our environment; the sheer volume of which coupled with the horror and disgust we feel in researching it, can easily push us to a point of being jaded or to the edge of fatalism in our acceptance of the facts of its existence. Add to this mix the overwhelming volume of the data that supports the probability that this may well be a willful genocide. Then you gain an understanding as to why so many resign in the face of our seeming powerlessness to correct it.
Because this subject is for the most part "out of sight, out of mind," until a situation like this controversy over the illness and likely low dose 210
Po poisoning of Roger Stone comes along; the crimes and deceptions continue to plod forward without much if any popular notice let alone outcry. So, I'm going to shift the focus of this "was he or wasn't he," thread to one of "are WE or aren't we" being cumulatively poisoned. If so, waving the accidental... to what is extent are we being 'wittingly' poisoned by the very people who provide for our purchase, food, water, medicines, and clothing, and virtually everything else we as "consumers" consume.
Let's start shall we... The first article plays down the phosphate fertilizer threat while admitting a threat possibility still exists.
Radiation exposure due to agricultural uses of phosphate fertilizersAbstract
Ashraf E.M. Khatera,b,∗, H.A. AL-Sewaidanb aNational Center for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control, Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo, Egypt
bPhysics Department, College of Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 1145, Saudi Arabia
Received 24 September 2007; received in revised form 31 March 2008; accepted 3 April 2008
Radiological impacts of phosphate rocks mining and manufacture could be significant due to the elevated radioactivity contents of the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), such as 238
U series, 232
Th series and 40
K, in some phosphate deposits. Over the last decades, the land reclamation and agriculture activities in Saudi Arabia and other countries have been widely expanded. Therefore, the usage of chemical fertilizers is increased. Selected phosphate fertilizers samples were collected and the specific activities of NORM were measured using a gamma ray spectrometer based on a hyper pure germanium detector and alpha spectrometer based on surface barrier detector. The obtained results show remarkable wide variations in the radioactivity contents of the different phosphate fertilizer samples. The mean (ranges) of specific activities for 226
Th and 40
K, and radium equivalent activity are 75 (3–283), 25 (0.5–110), 23 (2–74), 2818 (9–6501) Bq/kg and 283 (7–589) Bq/kg, respectively. Based on dose calculations, the increment of the public radiation exposure due to the regular agricultural usage of phosphate fertilizers is negligible. Its average value 1 m above the ground is about 0.12 nGy/h where the world average value due to the NORM in soil is 51 nGy/h. Direct radiation exposures of the farmers due to phosphate fertilizers application was not
considered in our study.1. Introduction
Since the 1950s, the application of plant nutrients, including phosphate fertilizers, has increased substantially. More than 30 million metric tons of phosphate fertilizers are annually consumed worldwide, which increase crop production and land
reclamation (Lambert et al., 2007). Nowadays, agricultural chemical fertilizers, including phosphate fertilizers, are an
essential component of the agricultural activities that help to increase crop production and to improve the properties of the nutrient-deficient lands. However, a possible negative effect of phosphate fertilizers is the contamination of cultivated lands by trace metals and some naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) (Lambert et al., 2007). The granular-type fertilizers are applied directly to the soil in which they dissolve slowly in the irrigation water. The leafy fertilizers (powder form) are... (read the rest at the title link)
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when to sow and when to reap, we
should all want for bread." ~Thomas Jefferson