Continuing through Peter Sandman's list of factors contributing to outrage and applying it to Fukushima. 5-7
- Not dreaded vs. dreaded
- Chronic vs. catastrophic
- Knowable vs. unknowable
When you look at a tomato in Fukushima, or a rice field... it's not possible to know what level of radiation it has unless its tested. And you can't test every tomato or every spec of soil in a rice field. When you see Fukushima cucumbers in the shop, you have no idea whether it's from next to the exlusion zone or towns more than 70km away. (Pointing out that many of these people probably allow their children to ride a bike without a helmet or eat beef with hormone growth promotants is a bit of a red herring and not relevant to the farmers in question. Many people avoid Fukushima produce because they just don't know...and to a large extent it's understandable.