The French research group on radioactivity CRIIRAD is warning that the risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe from the Japanese nuclear power plant meltdowns are no longer "negligible," and are advising pregnant women and infants against not to drink fresh milk or eat leafy vegetables. Should we be cautious here in the US as well?
CRIIRAD says this warning is not just for France--it applies to other European countries as well, since the level of air contamination is the same in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The US received radioactive fallout from the Fukushima reactor 6-10 days before France, and levels of radioactive iodine-131 are 8-10 times higher than normal here.
We decided to hold our Dreamland Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, because it's beautiful AND in the center of the US, so it's easy to get to from both coasts. And because it's not on either coast, there's no danger of radiation getting in the milk we put in our coffee there. So join us and make new friends--you'll find that amazing things can happen!