Chris' Corner: Food Irradiation - Pro's and Con's

Food Irradiation - Pro's and Con's

Food Irradiation, according to a definition in Wikipedia is: the process of exposing food to ionizing radiation to destroy microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in the food. Further applications include sprout inhibition, delay of ripening, increase of juice yield, and improvement of re-hydration. Irradiated food does not become radioactive, but in some cases there may be subtle chemical changes.

U.S. Government Food Irradiation

Food Irradiation in Canada

April 2012 Survey of Canadian Opinion regarding Food Irradiation

In Canada, three types of radiation are permitted: Gamma Ray, X-ray and Electron Beam radiation. 
It is possible for irradiated food to become contaminated after it has been treated.


There is much controversy over the subject, and I have chosen to post some videos and some links to both the "PRO" side and the "CON" side of the issue.

Better decisions are generally made when more correct information is obtained as early as possible.  This information might lead you to your own research, allowing you to make a better informed choice for you and your loved ones...


PRO's

Health Canada Information on Food Irradiation

Idaho State University information on Food Irradiation


CON's

Whats wrong with Food Irradiation

Food Irradiation benefits packer and grocer, not the farmer or consumer

Negative effects of Food Irradiation found in recent studies

Regardless of the side of the fence you happen to reside, or whether you are sitting on it, I feel that more informative and accurate labeling can only lead to better choices by the consumer, I leave you with a link to a link to the case of mandatory GMO labeling, not food irradiation, but a similar concern facing consumers.

Would you avoid buying Meats or Produce that have undergone Irradiation? ... or would you seek them about?


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Comment balloon 15 commentsChris Smith • June 19 2012 08:44AM

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We are going to have to sit and watch these videos you so nicely provided Chris. This is something we were not aware of and will need to investigate before answering you. Guess in the meantime, we are on the fence!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Hi Chris,

Way to go. Now I can't eat anything. I need to watch the video's in their entirety.

Then I can eat...I hope LOL

Have a good evening up North in God's country.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 8 years ago

Chris, This is the first I've heard of this...I will watch the videos to better understsnd what they are trying to accomplish.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Chris, I will have to watch the videos to make an informed decision. I always get confused when different experts tell us we should be doing different things.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 8 years ago

Yikes! After watching that last video, it makes me want to grow my own food year 'round rather than just through the growing season Chris!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Thanks for doing all the reearch, making it available so we can make informed decisions~

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) about 8 years ago

Al and Peggy, I do not even pretend to know all the questions, let alone the answers... but I happened upon this subject and looked for views both for and against....

If this topic might concern you, investigate and make your own decision, and if you find anything worth sharing, please do =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Clint, too many times the government or big business make decisions that affect us, without letting us know the pros and cons...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Wanda, I am thinking that we should buy fresh local produce in season and can and/or freeze the food for year round consumption.  At least we will know what is in it.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Malcolm, the problem is one day it is good for us, the next it is bad, then it is OK...

I have to say that I am leaning more and more to locally grown and fresh picked organic food... with as little processing as possible...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Liz, this is only a "sampler" of each side of the argument... I am sure we will learn more in time...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

I havent had a chance to read and watch the videos but the very word "irradiation" has creeped me out for years! 

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) about 8 years ago

Liz, we were part of the Alliston food share and are now part of the Carron Farms Food share program, for an extra $7/week, they deliver to Barrie.  Helen teaches in Newmarket and we are picking ours up at the farm.  I have too many questions now and will pay a slight premium for locally grown, fresh picked organic produce and meats...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

Thanks Chris, i will be looking them up.

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) about 8 years ago

Howdy and afternoon Chris

Chris my friend, this sure is another outstanding and helpful blog post of info for folks to think about. Folks sure should be able to know what is being done and added in the food they are buying.

 Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire


Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

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