Fukushima Farmers Carry on Despite Nuclear Fears

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But farmers in Fukushima prefecture are carrying on despite nuclear fears. However, they want the government to do more to assure consumers that their produce is safe to eat.

About 40 miles from Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it was business as usual for farmers despite radiation fears and drops in exports to other prefectures.

The Anzai family grows Shiitake mushrooms in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima prefecture.

They produce over a ton of mushrooms every month, and over half of that goes to local supermarkets.

But supermarkets further away have raised their guard, after some Shiitake mushrooms in Fukushima prefecture were found with high levels of radiation.

Takakazu Anzai hopes the government will do more to help convince consumers that their products are safe.

[Takakazu Anzai, Shiitake Mushroom Grower]:
"What we'd like from the city and from the prefecture is for them to put out the data that says that these products produced here are safe. We could then use that to convince and reassure consumers that we're here and we're still producing what we always have."

The Anzai family grows their mushrooms indoors, so their produce is less exposed to airborne contamination.

The Japanese government banned shipments of about 60 locally grown farm products in Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures last month.

Included were spinach, broccoli and raw milk and recently radioactivity standards for fish were implemented.