15 Nov '11, 7am
Some land in Japan too radioactive to farm: Study
TOKYO (AFP) - Farmland in parts of Japan is no longer safe because of high levels of radiation in the soil, scientists have warned, as the country struggles to recover from the Fukushima atomic disaster. A team of international researchers said food production would likely be 'severely impaired' by the elevated levels of caesium found in soil samples across eastern Fukushima in the wake of meltdowns at the tsunami-hit plant. The study, published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences journal, suggests farming in neighbouring areas may also suffer because of radiation, although levels discovered there were within legal limits. 'Fukushima prefecture as a whole is highly contaminated,' especially to the north-west of the nuclear power plant, the researchers said.