The Japanese government have issued maps of cesium contamination on farmland in the areas near to the Fukushima reactor accident. The main map of that area of Japan is here. Based on a google translate examination of the text with the map the soil has been taken from paddy fields at up to 15 cm depth while for upland soils it is the top 30 cm of soil. If any of my readers can read Japanese then I would be very grateful if they could give me a translation of the text from the Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Information Technology Center.
The bad news is that the cesium level in some areas is high, but the good news is that there are things which normal farmers can do which will lower the transfer of cesium to the food crops. I think that farms are going to need to learn a few new skills to allow them to farm in a safe and healthy way using their contaminated land.
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