"Fukushima Plate" Tells You If Your Sushi Is Radioactive


Images courtesy of Nils Ferber

After the problems at Fukushima, concerns about radiation contaminating fish stocks jotted up. And reasonably so. Many people were and are worried about the levels of radiation in the food they're eating. Designer Nils Ferber has come up with a concept design that would put diners at ease -- a plate that glows as it detects radiation in your food.

The "Fukushima Plate" is an "ordinary kitchen plate with built-in radioactive meter to visualize your food's level of contamination. It might become an indispensable tool of survival in the future."

Well, possibly. The diner can set the limiting value of the plate, determining for themselves how much radiation they will be concerned about. This feature is an interesting commentary on how various individuals, as well as various governments, have different levels of concern about contamination with some becoming far more worried with lower levels than others.

Once a value is set, the food can be placed on the plate, which detects the radiation within the food and one, two, or three rings around the plate glow depending on how close the food is to the maximum allowed level of radiation.

It's an interesting idea but there is at least one problem with the concept. Wouldn't someone want to use the plate before they prepare their meal, or even buy the ingredients? It would be a waste to prepare a dinner only to find out that you really don't want to eat it. If I were that concerned, I'd be carrying the plate with me to the market and placing items on it before heading to the checkout counter. I might as well just bring a Geiger counter into the store with me.

Beyond this, many types of produce are irradiated in order to sterilize them before bringing them to market, and some foods like bananas are naturally a little radioactive. A person would need to be well versed in what to be worried about, and what is overkill when using a plate such as this -- should it ever become a real product, that is.

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