Sunflower power remediates radiation

We have huge sunflowers growing in our GANG neighborhood garden also this summer, all volunteer from last year, and we let them grow where they wanted because of their radiation-absorbing properties. Now my question is: what to do with the stalks and flowers when summer is done? Don’t want to burn them. Don’t want to compost them with other plants. I’ve seen no info on this aspect of working with radiation. Anyone care to comment?

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Sunflowers planted in Japan to absorb radiation and lift hopes

September 5, 2011

To combat excessive radiation levels in the agricultural regions surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plant, monks at a Japanese Buddhist temple began growing and distributing sunflowers, which are known to absorb radiation.

The project has blossomed throughout the country with hundreds of thousands of flowers in bloom, spurring deeper connections between people in Fukushima and the rest of the country.

At least 8 million sunflowers blooming in Fukushima originated with the monks, who also have planted field mustard, amaranthus and cockscomb — all believed to absorb radiation and soak up toxins from the ground.

Sunflowers were used near Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear accident there to extract radioactive cesium from contaminated ponds nearby, according to Reuters.

(READ the stories from Reuters and Mainichi Daily News in Japan)

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