Fukushima vegetables scare resurfaces (UPDATE: Not quite)

This is going to set you off salad for a while… I’m not sure I like the look of a tomato colony organism.

Fukushima Vegetables Have Bizarre Tumor-Like Growths And Deformities: Is Nuclear Meltdown To Blame For Freaky Produce? [PHOTOS] – International Science Times.

Photos of what look like malformed vegetables from Fukushima, Japan, have surfaced on Imgur. The strange produce has deformities, bumps and lumps all over it, and looks like mutant cabbage patch kids beamed to Earth after having been harvested on an alien planet.

Is the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a result of the disastrous 2011 earthquake and tsunami, to blame for the freaky produces’ appearance?

radiation tomatoes

This story has become popular due to an MSN trending link. It’s one of those stories with visuals that will grab you and may freak people out. I don’t know if these photos are related to the Fukushima accident or not. There seems no way to trace the photos to see. Here is the photo page. We should be skeptical.

There has been evidence of mutated butterflies. The radiation level is high in the groundwater. But is THIS story real?

We have other reports even from 2011 that deformed plants were growing back in 2011 when the government told people to avoid eating them. Many products were indeed unsafe to eat but the government is trying to stem the worries.

Japan still says the produce is safe.

UPDATE (19-Jul-2013) Thanks to Deborah Blum, we can now debunk some of this news. These photos are a hoax. MSNNow, which is where the story really took off, has now posted a retraction:

CORRECTION: A post on a website in Japan reports that these images aren’t related to the Fukushima disaster. We regret passing along the misinformation.

Therefore, they may be real images but are not attributed to the radiation from the accident.

Tip: Jens Hennes

  5 comments for “Fukushima vegetables scare resurfaces (UPDATE: Not quite)

  1. Heclair Pimentel Filho
    July 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Found this using Tineye: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/06/13/fukushima-daiichi-from-nuclear-power-plant-to-nuclear-weapon-1/
    Not much detail about sources, though.

  2. Brian
    July 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I’d like to see sources saying the food is inedible.

  3. August Pamplona
    July 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    The disaster is responsible for more people paying attention to what has always been there in the first place.

  4. July 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Considering the security around the site, I am curious about the source. I just saw a TV report (following up on the leaks) and the place is tightly guarded.

    I am also wondering why there aren’t many similar examples of Chernobyl vegetables.

  5. Lisa Barth
    July 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    It seems like the 2011 stories are being resurrected again. I am very skeptical. A supposedly NOAA map passed across my Facebook page this morning regarding the spread of radio activity across the Pacific. I have not been able to find the map on the NOAA website( yet) & can’t find the source of the map. Whether you are pro or anti nuclear the hiroshimasyndrome.com website has regular updates & is a pretty good site for common sense info.
    Also anyone who has grown homegrown tomatoes should know they grow in all kinds of funky shapes without the help of radiation.
    Ground water leaking into the plant basement has been a problem, not the other way around.

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