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Radioactive Raspberries and Radishes – Dystopia unleashed?

The plan includes “the controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters” (EU Directorate D Nuclear Energy Radiation Protection – Lillyhall).


By mariannewildart on July 25, 2013

Radioactive Radishes - Peter Rabbit

Unpublished letter to local press… (covered by alternative media though.. 😉 )


– Radioactive Raspberries and Radishes –


Dear Editor,


Eating locally produced food is a joy and also cuts down on food miles.
If you grow your own or harvest wild crops such as blackberries for free, even better.

Kendal author Mike Berners-Lee has been touring the UK talking about his new book “The Burning Question. ” The book concludes quite rightly that fossil fuel should be left in the ground, “food production is a key driver of global warming” ie local is best.

The book goes on to promote nuclear even going so far as to say “campaigning
against nuclear seems like an odd use of time and effort.”

Interestingly, Cumbrian antinuclear campaigners include pronuclear councillors who are nevertheless opposed to radioactive dumping in landfill.

Large swathes of Cumbria’s land and sea are already contaminated by the nuclear industry and scientists such as Dr Ian Fairlie already warn that consuming food
grown in the vicinity of nuclear installations is a health risk.


Another local author Sarah Hall was invited to speak to Low Carbon Lakeland a few years ago about her excellent novel “Carhullan Army.” This book describes a dystopian future in Cumbria, complete with climate impacts and an authoritarian regime. The ‘radicalised’ heroines of the novel live as outlaws growing their own healthy food from the land, collecting wild food and livestock farming.

Sarah Hall’s dystopia may be rose tinted. If the current trajectory of the government’s nuclear ambitions, fantastically aided by nuclear apologists such as Mike
Berners-Lee continues, Cumbria’s land will not be fit for any purpose other than nuclear sacrifice zone.


Councils and political leaders in Cumbria have vehemently opposed proposals to dump nuclear waste in landfill at Lillyhall and at Keekle Head. Radioactive waste, rubble and soil from smashed up nuclear plants undergoing “decommissioning” i.e. dispersal, are being trucked hundreds of miles daily to Cumbria and this is set to escalate.

If this “exempt” waste is so safe why is it being trucked hundreds of miles from Scotland and the South?

The plan includes “the controlled release of radioactivity to groundwaters” (EU Directorate D Nuclear Energy Radiation Protection – Lillyhall).


Dumping large volumes of radioactive waste in landfill should be banned as
it was prior to 2007. Deregulation of the banks led to a toxic crash. The deregulation of the nuclear industry if not stopped and reversed will lead to a far more serious toxic crash. Please write to Tim Farron MP and ask him as a key member of government and Cumbrian MP to ensure that the 2007 “exempt” law allowing companies to dump nuclear waste in landfill is revoked.


It is of some irony that the nuclear industry uses more fossil fuel and fresh water than any other single user. Campaigning against nuclear may seem “odd” to Mike Berners-Lee but to Radiation Free Lakeland and even to pro nuclear councillors it is the only sane option upon which everything else including the safety of local food relies.


Yours sincerely,
Marianne Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland


Flying Dodo Award to Mike Berners-Lee


Lillyhall Radioactive Waste Dump – according to EU Directive


Keekle Head Nuclear Dump?


The Burning Question
campaigning against nuclear “an odd use of time and effort” The
Burning Question – a much hyped book promoting nuclear power as the
solution to climate change – and sneerily dismissing anti-nuclear
campaigners – this is smart propaganda.


Carhullan Army
It is a primitive life that they lead, hunting and gathering for food,
using herbs to heal and disinfect, growing crops. They often traded their
produce at the local markets
“They were a strange group, slightly exotic, slightly disliked … Their
dress was different, unconventional; often they wore matching yellow
tunics that tied at the back and came to the knee … They,
were always friendly towards other women, joking with them over the
wicker trays of radishes and cucumbers, giving out discounts and free

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