A Different kind of “Half-Life” – Radioactive Boars from Chernobyl and Fukushima

Pigs use their snouts to dig up and eat underground mushrooms, especially truffles and false truffles, which are rich in potassium. These plants are avid collectors of caesium along with potassium, and when the caesium is radioactive, the mushrooms become concentrated radioactive food for the pigs. Thus the bodies of wild boars become highly contaminated with radioactivity, to the point where their meat is unfit for human consumption. In Germany, the government has for many years paid cash to hunters who kill wild boars, to compensate them for the fact that they cannot eat the meat