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This is the VOA Special English, Agriculture Report.
Japan's nuclear crisis may mean greater demand for imported food and less competition from Japanese products on world's market. But it also means that Japanese farmers and others who make and sell food have to worry about their future.
Yasumichi Tonaka sells fish at one of Japan's busiest fish market. But now there are fewer fish to sell.
Fish supplies from the radiation contaminated visions have been totally held up.
The radiation is from the Fukushima nuclear power station that was damaged by March 11th earthquake and tsunami. The extent of the problems are still not clear.
Last Friday, China joined a number of other countries that have banned imports of food from the affected areas. Chinese medias said the banned items include milk products, fruit, vegetables and sea food. Singapore also has a ban in place. Restaurant manager Connie Hang says some people are worred about eating Japanese food.
Consumer confidence is, yes, somewhat shaken. I would say amongst some of the Singapore populars, but they can be help I think.
The United States has also banned foods from radiation-affected areas. So has the Japanese government itself. Radioactive particles travel in the wind and get absorbed into soil with the help of rain and snow. Then plant roots take up the material, and the plants become contaminated. Animals eat the plants and their products become contaminated.
Some kinds of radiation stay in the environment longer than others. Medical physicist Jarold Pushburg is a radiation expert at the University of California, Daves. Professor Pushburg says removing the top soil might make the land safe for use, but it depends on the depth of the radioactive material. And for now, he says, it is too early to take any measures.
Experts say the ocean will help dilute radiation in sea water, but the tsunami also destroyed sea food, sank fishing boats and labelled processing plants.  
Charles Abenger studies the politics of energy at the Birkins Institution in Washington DC. Mr. Abenger says the danger to adults from radiation-contaminated food is overstated. Still the affected areas of Northeastern Japan are deeply dependent on agriculture and fish, he says, so their economy could suffer the most.
And that's the VOA Special English, Agriculture Report.
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