Dr Helen Caldicott made the claim that Turkish food is “extremely radioactive,” during a debate with George Monbiot on Democracy Now a few days ago. The radioactivity is supposed to be due to the Chernobyl accident. My ears perked up since I lived in Istanbul in the late 80s/early 90s. After a little Googling, the only thing I can find that would even remotely support this claim is elevated radioactivity in Turkish tea and hazel nuts in the year or so immediately following Chernobyl. But maybe I am missing something.
Caldicott’s performance in the debate was not such as to inspire confidence in her reliability as a source, but I am open-minded (and easy to scare when it comes to toxicity in the food I eat).