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How the Tsumani could affect the Food Supply…Skip the Kobe Beef.

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iStock 000011725178XSmall1 200x300 How the Tsumani could affect the Food Supply...Skip the Kobe Beef.Absolutely devastating news about the Earthquakes and huge Tsunami in Japan this week.  Tragedies have the amazing ability to give us a closer look at our own lives and how things can change beyond our control at the blink of an eye.  Should we really be stressed out about the little things in life like our jeans being too tight or whether the dishes got done last night?

Although this natural disaster is over 5000 miles away from the US,  it could affect us in a variety of ways.  The first thing many of us think of is our spirituality and God.  My four year old son got me thinking when he asked, “Mommy, why did God make a big earthquake and wave like that?”  Of course, I had no answer.

Others may think of the  financial markets in Japan and how it could affect their portfolio & some may think about Japanese cars….Toyota, Hondas or Lexus- will there be fewer on the road in years to come?

As a Dietitian, I think about food.  There was a recent article I read on Reuters about Japan’s radioactivity entering our food chain.  In particular, this article is scary because of those radioactive particles that have been spewed into the environment after the nuclear power plant explosions.  Maybe the Japanese people were able to get far enough away to remain safe, but were the cows?  The expert in this article described cows as being like “vacuum cleaners.”

Think about it…cows are now possibly grazing on pastures of radioactive material which was carried there by moisture droplets in the air.  What happens if Japanese kids drink their milk OR we eat that ever popular KOBE beef on the menu in many upscale restaurants?   This radioactive material can get washed by rain into the ocean and into the soil.  Scary stuff that could eventually contaminate drinking water, crops and fish and marine life as well.  This is frightening because radiatiation can cause mutations in DNA which can then go on to cause Cancer.

All the more reason to think about growing a garden this year and eating local.  With so much food imported, isn’t it time we think about where our food comes from?  With Spring and Summer on the horizon, I know I’ll be prepping my garden soon and patronizing my local farmer markets.  And the next time, I’m out to dinner I’ll skip quickly over Japanese Kobe Beef  listed on the menu.

 How the Tsumani could affect the Food Supply...Skip the Kobe Beef.

Diva Dietitian

Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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