Ionizing radiation

By From page A5 | July 10, 2013


I read John Garon’s letters for their entertainment value and, luckily, they are routinely refuted by George Alger. The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Mr Garon’s ideas of government are the same. Socialism has never worked and will never work, yet those on the Left expect it to work this time if the people on the Right would only give it a chance.

His latest letter described the problems with drug-resistant superbugs in our meat supply and it may have been accurate, although if it is as bad as described, where are the dead bodies piled on the street corners? He offers no solution to the problem beyond destroying the drug and farming interests with wall to wall regulations and draconian suppression.

The solution is rather simple. Seal all meat in secure packaging and irradiate it with ionizing radiation from sources such as electrons, Gamma or X-rays. This destroys the micro organisms, bacteria, viruses and insects that cause rot and threatens us, as described by Mr Garon. Of course, this cannot be done because of the public’s misconception of how nuclear energy works. The ionizing radiation does not make the meat or packaging radioactive, it just kills the bugs. The radiated meat can even be stored at room temperature for long periods of time and there is no change to the flavor, taste, color or appearance of the irradiated food. This process is being used on fruit and vegitables imported from foreign countries to stop contamination in these products.

The public has the idea that nuclear radiation is too dangerous to use which was probably the same with the early humans in their attitude to fire. This is probably the reason that the Rancho Seco muclear power plant was voted against, leaving us with the problems without the generated power. The supposed dangerous radioactive fuel is still on site but not producing anything. What a waste.

Cameron Park

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