On a personal note, I'm a big green tea and sushi fan and as much as I want to support Japan, I have concerns about the green tea and sushi coming from Japan, particularly the farmed fish such as Yellowtail. Thousands of gallons of radioactive water from the cooling basins have been dumped into the sea off of Japan.
While on the topic of food, anyone have any thoughts about the relationship between diet and spirituality? Like our unsustainable economic and social paradigms, our agricultural and food production systems are also unsustainable. Food production is dependent on fossil fuels like almost everything else.
Ever since the Fukishima disaster, I've been getting my regular iodine from kelp, which I'm starting to worry about now, as hot waste continues to flow into the ocean. One's thyroid needs iodine, and if we don't get it from a neutral source, our thyroid gland will take it from the atmosphere, where there is lots of Iodine 131, the radioisotope of iodine...and we are still wondering where cancer comes from!
Japan, I fear, will never fully recover from this disaster. Exacerbating the whole situation with the reactor and radioactive pollution is the fact that Japan has not stopped shaking after all these months. These aren't little aftershocks. They are experiencing 6.0 and up on the Richter scale, and just about every single day.
Cosmic, I have an earthquake notification app on my droid phone, and yes, every day I'm getting from 4.0-6.0 or greater "off the east coast of Honshu." Yesterday there was a 4.7 in Hokkaido. The night before we were supposed to fly into Honolulu, the tsunami took place in Japan. We didn't know if there was going to be an Oahu to fly into. As it turned out, all was well except for a few places in the island