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Japanese Struggle to Protect Their Food Supply via The New York Times

ONAMI, Japan — In the fall, as this valley’s rice paddies ripened into a carpet of gold, inspectors came to check for radioactive contamination.

Setsuko Suzuki, 56, of Fukushima, took cabbage and rice to a citizens’ radiation testing center.
Onami sits just 35 miles northwest of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which spewed radioactive cesium over much of this rural region last March. However, the government inspectors declared Onami’s rice safe for consumption after testing just two of its 154 rice farms.

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