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“Many uncertainties surround risk estimates from radiation exposures. The most fundamental is that the effects of very low doses are uncertain. The current theory is that the relationship between dose and detrimental effect is linear without threshold down to zero dose. In other words, there is no safe level of radiation exposure.”<br />
— Ian Fairlie and David Sumner, TORCH Report<br />
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As night falls in Ivankiv, teenager Anya Ignatyuk helps her parents water their massive vegetable garden, inside and outside their homemade greenhouse. Anya’s mom Viktoria is a radiation dosimetrist for the local government. She travels the district measuring gamma radiation emitted from food and agricultural products as well as soils. The department gets fewer requests for measurements than it did a decade ago. <br />
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“Many people deliberately don’t check their food because they don’t want to know,” Viktoria says. “They don’t understand that they create an atom bomb around themselves… They don’t see it, so assume it doesn’t exist.” She prefers to grow as much of the family’s food as possible because she does not trust the cleanliness of crops sold in the market.<br />
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Clearly not everyone worries about radiation. Recently, suburban sprawl from Kyiv has spread toward Ivankiv as newly affluent urbanites buy up former communal farms to build new mansions and vacation homes in the Zone of Enhanced Radiological Control.<br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
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“Many uncertainties surround risk estimates from radiation exposures. The most fundamental is that the effects of very low doses are uncertain. The current theory is that the relationship between dose and detrimental effect is linear without threshold down to zero dose. In other words, there is no safe level of radiation exposure.”
— Ian Fairlie and David Sumner, TORCH Report

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