Vulnerability of Food Crop and Livestock Production to Fallout Radiation
UT-AEC AGRICULTURE RESEARCH LAB OAK RIDGE TN OAK RIDGE
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A review is presented of the effects of radiation on food crops and livestock in order to properly evaluate the vulnerability of food production to fallout radiation. Food supplies and food production have always played important roles in recovery from major disasters. Much more information is needed on the radiation sensitivity at different stages of growth for the principal food crops to gamma and beta radiation. Direct retention of fallout data are needed for plants and animals along with gastrointestinal sensitivity data for grazing livestock. Cattle are one of our main food reserves valued at 16 billion and data are needed on interaction of radiation insults to these livestock which have little protection from fallout.