Scientists make vodka from rye grown near Chernobyl

11 Août, 2019, 02:17 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Specialists teams grew grain from the exclusion zone

A team of scientists from the United Kingdom and Ukraine came up with the concept in 2015 after studying how the land had recovered since the catastrophic incident in 1986.

Distilled alcohol was diluted with mineral water from a deep aquifer in Chornobyl, which has a similar chemical composition to the ground waters of the Champagne region in France. "Throw in ".from the Chernobyl exclusion zone" and one imagines the reaction would be even more emphatic.

Why did scientists specifically make a vodka? .

The newly created Chernobyl Spirit Company plans to produce 500 bottles of ATOMIK this year, with three-quarters of its profits going to local communities still negatively affected by the accident and the remaining 25 percent to be reinvested in the company.

The results from the project report that the team found some radioactivity in the grain, Srontium-90, which is slightly above the Ukrainian limit of 20 Bq/kg.

Professor Jim Smith and a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Ukraine grew rye crops within the exclusion zone where public access and inhabitation is restricted due to the risky levels of radiation still present.

"I'd call this a high quality moonshine", says Oleg Nasvit, first deputy head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management.

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In phase, because a clear, distilled product may perhaps well presumably also furthermore be fabricated from imperfect grain. "We've checked it", Smith said.

"There are radiation hotspots [in the exclusion zone] but for potentially the most phase contamination is decrease than you'd ranking in assorted aspects of the world with moderately excessive natural background radiation", he says. The rest will be reinvested in the business, although Prof Smith hopes to provide the team with an income to work on their "social spirit enterprise" part time.

"We had the Atomik grain spirit idea as a way to firstly (hopefully) make people think more deeply about the recovery of the Chernobyl affected areas and a way (also hopefully!) to make money to help support the affected communities". Now, I know the internet will be clamoring for a taste, because humans have proven to be incredibly interested in seemingly forbidden liquids.

With the help of the expert team at a cocktail bar in London, I later compare Atomik with a house vodka.

For many, the words, "Would you like a shot of vodka.", will be answered with a prompt and assertive, "No".

In a new report, Professor Smith from the University of Portsmouth and colleagues in the United Kingdom and Ukraine who brewed the vodka, presented the results of a three-year research project into the transfer of radioactivity to crops grown in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.


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